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An alcohol-related criminal conviction in Salt Lake City can result in jail time, substantial fines, losing your driver's license, and more.  As an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Salt Lake City Stephen Howard can help you get the results you need.  Don't settle for a sales pitch.  You deserve straight talk from a Utah criminal defense lawyer with a record of achieving real results for his clients.

Salt Lake City deals with many alcohol related offenses in its own Salt Lake City Justice Court. Although justice courts in Utah are restricted to hearing only lower level offenses (class B and class C misdemeanors), the penalties can still be serious.  A class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and nearly $2,000 in fines plus surcharge.  A class C misdemeanor can result in up to 90 days in jail.

Alcohol-related criminal charges in Salt Lake City include DUI (drunk driving), open container, ignition interlock restriction violations, alcohol restricted driver violations, minor in possession (MIP), selling alcohol to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and public intoxication.

If you are convicted of an alcohol-related criminal charge in Salt Lake City, you may be facing jail time. If you avoid jail time, you will likely be placed on probation and required to pay a substantial fine.  Conditions of probation in alcohol-related cases may include a substance abuse evaluation and treatment, testing to ensure sobriety, community service, and more.  Some alcohol-related convictions can result in losing your driver's license.

If you are facing an alcohol charge in Salt Lake City, contact Stephen Howard now to learn what an experienced criminal lawyer can do for your case.


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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.
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