Penalties for a misdemeanor conviction in Utah are less severe than the consequences that can accompany a felony conviction. But even at the misdemeanor level, a criminal conviction can include jail time, substantial fines, and other consequences that can follow you long after the court case is complete.
The attorneys who form the criminal defense team at the Canyons Law Group have extensive experience defending the most serious felony charges on the books in Utah as well as misdemeanor cases in Utah’s district courts and justice courts. Contact us today to see how our criminal defense team can help you.
Penalties for a Misdemeanor Conviction in Utah
Misdemeanors in Utah are divided into three classes (levels): A, B, and C. At the class A level, the maximum penalty can include nearly a year in jail (364 days) and a fine and surcharge of almost $5,000 ($2,500 plus 90% surcharge. A class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in jail. The maximum jail sentence for a class C misdemeanor is 90 days.
A court may suspend all or part of a jail sentence and place a defendant on probation. Conditions of probation can vary depending on the specific facts of a case and the circumstances of an individual defendant. Common conditions of probation include community service, counseling or treatment, drug testing, and formal supervision.
In addition to the direct penalties imposed by the court, a misdemeanor conviction can also carry other consequences. Employment opportunities, professional licensing, driver license, and the right to possess firearms are just a few examples of ways in which even a misdemeanor conviction can affect your life.
Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney
The Canyons Law Group criminal defense team includes attorneys with extensive experience defending both felony and misdemeanor cases in Utah’s district courts and justice courts. Contact us today to see the difference the right criminal defense team can make in your case.