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5 Big Lies About DUIs in Utah

Many people, including judges and attorneys, have the wrong perspective about DUIs in Utah. A lack of knowledge in the area of DUI can have dire consequences to a citizen without realizing it.  The Big Lies are: A DUI is

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Ogden DUI Attorney

I opened my law practice shortly after graduating law school in 1998.  There was no big firm dreams for me.  I did not want to work for someone else.  My dream was to help those in need who could not

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Driver License Suspensions for Minors who get a DUI in Utah

 I was presenting to UACDL attorneys on Drivers License Suspensions.  An area that became real confusing is the area of minors who get a DUI.  The reason this gets so confusing is because there are administrative based suspensions and then

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DUI Attorney vs. a Criminal Defense Attorney

 The question has come up twice this month from two different sources.  I was asked, "What is the difference between a DUI Attorney and a Criminal Defense Attorney."  The simple, but circular answer is all DUI attorneys are criminal defense

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When can the Prosecution Appeal a Ruling in a Utah DUI case?

 Under the Utah Code, a prosecutor can appeal decisions from a Justice Court Judge to the District Court under certain circumstances.  Utah Code 78A-7-118 states:… (5) The prosecutor is entitled to a hearing de novo in the district court on:

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Utah DUI and Concealed Weapons Permit

Many people do not understand the hidden consequences of a DUI.  One such hidden consequence is the denial of obtaining a concealed weapons permit.  If a citizen already has a weapons permit, it will be revoked.  In fact, the code

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Court Ordered Ignition Interlock Device

 A man’s DUI charge was reduced to Impaired Driving.  Impaired driving will prevent loss of license or reduce a license suspension on a first offense (if the person did not refuse a chemical test).  An ignition interlock device is not

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Can an officer Breath Test me for no reason?

 An officer pulls you over for speeding.  He asks for your license, insurance, and registration.  He goes back to his car and discovers, after a computer check, the license is flagged as an "alcohol restricted driver" because you have a

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What will happen to me at Sentencing for a Utah DUI?

 Every case is different, every prosecutor is different, and every judge is different.  However, Utah has developed the "Utah DUI Sentencing Matrix" as a guide for judges in sentencing a DUI defendant.  Most judges will follow pretty close to the

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Utah Alcohol Restricted Driver

A person who is convicted of being in violation of the alcohol restricted driver law will have their license revoked for a period of one year.  This is in accordance with Utah Code 53-3-220(1)(a)(xv).  If you are convicted of this

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