Public intoxication is a misdemeanor crime in Utah that carries the potential for jail time and a criminal record that can follow you for years. While it is a relatively minor charge, the consequences are sufficiently serious that it is wise to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Stephen Howard and the attorneys of the Canyons Law Group criminal defense team have successfully represented clients arrested for intoxication in Salt Lake City and all over Utah. Because each case is unique, no attorney can guarantee a specific result for your charges. But hiring an experienced criminal lawyer can give you the best chance of reaching a favorable outcome.
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Elements of a Utah Criminal Intoxication Case
While the charge is often referred to as “public” intoxication, a charge for intoxication in Utah can be based on events that occur in public or in private places. Typical cases involve allegations that the defendant was intoxicated to a degree that the defendant endangered himself or another person in a public place, or in a private place where other persons are unreasonably disturbed.
In Salt Lake City, common locations involved in cases of criminal intoxication include public streets, public buildings, and private residences. The Salt Lake International Airport is another frequent location involved in intoxication cases.
Driver License Suspension
If a person under the age of 21 is convicted of intoxication in Salt Lake City, section 76-9-701 of the Utah Code provides that the court is required to suspend the defendant’s driver license. This statute does provide an exception in cases where it is the defendant’s first violation and the defendant also completes an educational series such as “Prime for Life.”
Finding a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Salt Lake City, Utah
Finding the right attorney to handle your criminal defense case can make all the difference. Salt Lake criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard has successfully defended thousands of serious cases during his career, ranging from serious aggravated felonies to misdemeanor charges such as public intoxication. His track record includes not guilty verdicts and dismissals in a variety of serious cases.
As part of the Canyons Law Group’s criminal defense team, Mr. Howard is pleased to offer services to clients facing criminal charges throughout Utah.
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