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Will I have to get an ignition interlock if I am convicted of DUI in Utah?

If you are convicted of any DUI in Utah, a judge may order that you install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle that you drive.  As long as the judge does not impose the entire jail or prison term and places you on probation, a judge in a Utah DUI case has the option of requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device.  

There are also a number of circumstances in a DUI case under which Utah law says that a judge shall  require an ignition interlock device to be installed.  These include:if you are under the age of 21; if you are an alcohol-restricted driver ("ARD"); if your blood or breath alcohol was more than twice the legal limit (2 x .08 = .16).  Under some circumstances, a judge may decline to order the ignition interlock device, but must put on the record the reasons for not ordering the ignition interlock.

If you are caught driving without a required ignition interlock device in Utah, you may face additional criminal charges, as well as an extension of the period that you are required to have an ignition interlock device in your car.

More significant than an ignition interlock device, you may also be facing jail time and potentially thousands of dollars in fines and other costs - just for a first DUI.

If you are facing DUI or other criminal charges in Utah, you deserve to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.  Stephen Howard has defended thousands of serious criminal cases during his years as a defense attorney.  His track record speaks for itself.

Contact us now to schedule an initial consultation.  See the difference experience can make in your case.


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Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, and Wasatch Counties, and all of Utah.

Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

Offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties
560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

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