Category: Utah DUI Laws

  • Utah DUI on a Bicycle, Really???

     Beware, ride with an alcohol limit at or over a .08, you can be charged with DUI.  It’s true.  It has happened in Vernal.  The first of its kind in Utah, that I have heard.  There are old cases of riding a horse while drunk.  But really, a bike?  I mean if a person chooses […]

  • Five Tips on Defending a Federal DUI in Utah

     For the eight months, I have been defending a man that was accused of a DUI occurring on Hill Air Force Base.  The man was exiting out of an inbound gate at 5:30 a.m.  (All traffic, both lanes were inbound with no exit).  The man pulled to the side and the cops arrived and smelled […]

  • What happens when an Officer Hides Evidence, and Gets caught in a Utah DUI?

     I was asked by a client two years ago to take over his case. He had another lawyer; he pled guilty and was on the verge of being sentenced. I agreed to represent this man and filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea before he was sentenced. The judge allowed the plea to be withdrawn. The man’s case […]

  • Can an Officer Pull Me Over for No Reason?

      I recently represented a lady on her second accusation of a DUI.  The first accusation she plead guilty.  I appealed it for her because there was no evidence that this woman was impaired to any degree.  The officer arrested her because she went through a red/yellow light and smelled alcohol on her.  That was […]

  • New Utah DUI Laws: Forfeiture of Vehicle

     The new laws now allow seizure and forfeiture of your car.  If you have been convicted of certain crimes, the government can take ownership of your car away.  If you are driving on a suspended license, and your license was suspended because of a DUI or DUI Metabolite, then the government can take your vehicle […]

  • New Utah DUI Laws: Work / School Permit (NOT!)

    The most common question I get asked is "Can I get a permit to drive to and from work while my license is suspended?"  My answer used to be unequivocally no!  My answer has not changed.  This year, a new law was put in the code to allow a permit for school or work.  However, […]

  • New Utah DUI Laws: Longer Driver’s License Suspensions

      If a person gets arrested for DUI after July 1, 2009, then the driver’s license suspension period has been extended.  Basically, a first time offender that does not refuse to take a breath test gets a 120 day suspension.  (Used to be 90 days).  A person with a prior DUI is now Two Years.  A […]

  • New Utah DUI Laws: Ignition Interlock

       Effective July 2, 2009, many new laws came into effect.  Now, anyone convicted of a DUI, whether it be a first offense or a subsequent offense, will be required to have an ignition interlock device placed on their car.  The ignition interlock business is going to be making a lot of money on this […]