Attorney for DUI in Utah If You Live Out of State

Salt Lake City criminal lawyer

Most out-of-state drivers don’t realize that a DUI in Utah can have a significant impact their driving record. Also, a DUI conviction appears in their criminal backgrounds irrespective of their place of residence.

Utah, like most states, shares information with other states regarding DUI violations. Most jurisdictions will also honor the sanctions imposed in Utah on another state’s driver’s license consistent with their laws. Utah Code § 41-6a-502 (4) requires courts to provide monthly updates of DUI convictions to the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

If you or someone you know lives out-of-state and was charged with a DUI, call Overson Law PLLC for aggressive legal representation. Attorney Darwin Overson will give your case the attention necessary to protect your driving record and uphold your rights. Call us at (801) 823-6678 to schedule a free and private consultation.

What to Do If You Got a Utah DUI and You Live Out of State

It’s important to hire a lawyer to assist with your DUI in Utah. This is one situation where a qualified attorney can mean the difference between light or severe consequences, including impacts on your freedom and your driver’s license. You need someone who will fight the charges and advocate for leniency in your case.

For example, if no one suffered bodily harm and this is your first DUI offense, a Utah court is more receptive to a lighter sentence.  Also, Utah courts typically consider mitigating circumstances, such as involvement in your community and other positive aspects an experienced attorney can explain.

Also, with some of the harshest DUI laws in the United States, a Utah DUI can create all sorts of hurdles. Since most states report DUIs and related driver’s license suspensions, your state may suspend your license as well. You can face a DUI charge even if your vehicle is not in motion.

If this is your first DUI, the classification is generally a Class B misdemeanor. Under this classification, Utah can suspend your driving privileges for at least 4 months. Suspension of driving privileges means you’re not allowed to drive through Utah.  At the point in which you have more than one offense, the stakes are much higher because Utah can suspend your privileges for 2 years.

Will My Home State Revoke My License for an Out of State DUI?

Depending on the severity of the charges, some states will revoke driver’s licenses by applying the rules and regulations of that state. For example, a DUI conviction based on BAC of .05% is inconsistent with most states’ law, whereas the BAC level is .08%.

While the other state may not impose the same penalty as provided under Utah law, you can still face a suspension of your driver’s license in your state. In addition, if you were cited in court and failed to appear, you’re likely in contempt of court. Utah can issue a warrant in your name, which can appear in Utah’s public list of outstanding warrants for contempt of court.

How Our Experienced Utah DUI Attorney Can Help

If you are facing criminal DUI charges in Utah, these charges will not go away just because you live out of state. On the contrary, a previous DUI conviction or another notable traffic citation from another state can have an impact on your Utah charges. Utah receives this information as provided under Utah Code § 41-6a-511, which gives its Department of Public Safety the legal mandate to maintain an electronic database for DUI related records, including information related to:

  • Law enforcement
  • Judicial decisions
  • Sanctions
  • Driver license limitations
  • Alcohol education, assessment and treatment

Anyone who is driving through the state of Utah has to follow its laws. You can’t claim as an excuse that you live out-of-state where DUI laws are less strict, or merely that you don’t know the law. Hiring a Utah criminal defense lawyer can make a difference in the outcome of your case because law enforcement has to abide by certain rules and requirements in order to put forth a valid DUI accusation.

The basis for a DUI accusation cannot be a hunch or suspicion by the police officer. Most people don’t know there are subtle rules that can invalidate a DUI accusation. At Overson Law, we have seasoned DUI legal practitioners with a track record of successful representations in DUI defense cases.

If you have a prior DUI record from another state, the Utah court can consider that information in determining whether to enhance the level of charges you may face. A qualified DUI attorney can guide you through the local court process and seek all viable options, including the possibility of reducing your offense and/or seeking to have the charges dismissed.

Gathering evidence is also a key component of your DUI defense. Your BAC level records, the type of breathalyzer used to test you, and whether you received the constitutionally guaranteed warnings required in the state of Utah are all helpful when you’re fighting a DUI.

Call Your Experienced Out-of-State DUI Attorney

If you live outside Utah, the last thing you want is to find yourself in trouble where you reside for ignoring a DUI that happened while you were visiting or vacationing in Utah. Contact Overson Law PLLC to receive a free evaluation of your case and determine the impact that a DUI in Utah can have on your life. Call (801) 823-6678 to learn more about how Overson Law can help you today.