The Utah woman behind the wheel of a car told an officer that she was waiting for someone when he approached her vehicle. According to the officer, the vehicle was sitting in a convenience store parking lot when he drove by the first time. Since it was still there the second time he drove by, he decided to see if he could help the occupants. By the time his discussion with the woman was over, she was under arrest and facing a DUI charge, two counts of child endangerment and other offenses.
The ultimate fate of a Utah resident who is charged with alcohol-related offenses after a crash could take months to occur. During that time, both officials and the accused will scrutinize the evidence to determine charges, whether rights were violated and whether a plea bargain would be the best course of action for everyone involved. For instance, a woman accused of causing the death of a 4-month-old infant back in Aug. 2016 ("Driver faces charges of vehicular homicide and DUI after crash," Aug. 9, 2016) recently received consecutive prison sentences between zero and five years for crimes to which she pleaded guilty.
Like the rest of the country, Utah's legal blood alcohol limit is currently .08 percent. One state legislator believes that is too high, and proposes a decrease of the legal limit to .05 in 2017 in accordance with the recommendation of the National Transportation Safety Board. If it passes, many more people could face DUI charges.
Few Utah residents would argue with the necessity of keeping impaired drivers off the roads. However, here in Utah, the legislature might have taken this need a bit too far. You might not be aware of the fact that you could be charged with DUI even if you are not impaired.
When you come into contact with law enforcement officials here in Utah or anywhere else in the country, you have certain constitutional rights that govern their contact with you. If those rights are violated, any evidence gathered from that point forward might not be admissible in court. This is why reviewing the circumstances surrounding the initial traffic stop when you are facing charges for DUI is so important.
Two men traveling northbound on Interstate 15 had no idea why a Utah Highway Patrol vehicle was slowing down traffic. It was not until they came around a bend that they saw headlights heading toward them in their lane. The wrong-way vehicle was eventually stopped, and its driver was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.
Like many Utah residents, you might be under the impression that your license will be suspended once you are pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Even if you are facing charges for DUI, you should not make that assumption. Instead, find out what your rights are regarding this administrative penalty because you might be able to keep you license if you act fast.
Most Utah residents would agree that being pulled over by police is never fun, but if you are then accused of driving under the influence, you could end up spending some time in a jail cell. If this happens to you, and it is the first time you have been charged with DUI, do not assume that you should just accept the consequences. Other options might be available to you because it is your first offense.
Utah police officers are trained to look for certain behaviors when it comes to determining when a driver is driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. The problem is that the existence of those behaviors does not always mean that an individual is impaired. Sadly, individuals are often arrested for DUI based on field sobriety tests and observations that are subjective and unreliable.
As a Utah woman's SUV came around a tight corner, she lost control and the vehicle slammed into a tree. When the vehicle came to a rest, it was on its side. By the time the investigation at the scene was completed, the driver was accused of being intoxicated and now faces charges that include DUI and automobile homicide.