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  • What Are The Sentencing Mandates For A DUI In Utah?

    March 27, 2017 | Blog Drunk Driving
  • Salt Lake City DUI Defense LawyerDriving under the influence is a serious crime in all 50 states. The potential for serious injury or death to the intoxicated driver and others is high. A conviction can have a significant impact on a defendant’s life, including his or her job, family and social life. Were you aware, however, that judges are required to meet certain criteria when sentencing someone convicted of a DUI?

    For someone’s first conviction for DUI, the court is required to:

     

    • Sentence the person to no less than 48 hours in jail; or
    • Require the person to use electronic monitoring for a sentence of home confinement; or
    • Require the person to complete at least 48 hours of compensatory work service.

    For someone’s second conviction for DUI, the court is required to:

     

    • Sentence the person to no less than 240 hours in jail; or
    • Require the person to use electronic monitoring for a sentence of home confinement; or
    • Require the person to complete at least 240 hours of compensatory work service.

    For someone’s third conviction for DUI within 10 years, the court is required to:

     

    • Sentence the person to jail or prison time of at least 1,500 hours.

    As you can see, there are mandatory minimum requirements for sentencing in Utah for a DUI. An experienced criminal defense attorney can prepare a solid defense strategy against DUI charges or work with the prosecutor to obtain a satisfactory plea deal. It’s important, though, that legal advice is sought as soon as possible after your arrest. This will give your attorney as much time as possible to prepare your case.

    Source: Utah.gov, “DUI Best Sentencing Practices Guidebook,”.

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