The starting point for a DUI charge is without any other enhancing factors a person will be charged with a class B misdemeanor. Meaning if a person was operating or had control of a vehicle while intoxicated and this is their first or second offense, then they will be guilty of a class B misdemeanor. The sentencing restrictions on a class B misdemeanor are up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 fine. Along with the possible jail time and the fine a person will have to deal with a mandatory 120 day suspension of their drivers license for a first time offense.
Factors that Can Increase the DUI Penalties
As shown above the baseline penalties for a DUI are pretty severe and from their they simply get more intense depending on the circumstances of the case. If the person was driving with a passenger under 16 or inflicted bodily injury upon another as a result of their drunk driving then they will be facing a class A misdemeanor which carries a possibility of up to one year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine. Where things get really serious however is if the person is being charged with their third DUI within a ten year period or caused serious bodily injury as a result of their drunk driving. In either of those scenarios the person will be charged with a third degree felony, and could be facing up to five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
Utah County DUI Attorney
At Provo DUI Defense, our lawyers are experienced criminal defenders that know how to get their clients the best outcome available. If you are looking for a DUI attorney in Provo, Orem, Lehi, Pleasant Grove or other parts of Utah County then call Provo DUI defense today. We will make sure that your rights are defended and that you understand the process before you and your possible outcomes. Call or email us today to set up a free consultation.