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Can my driver license be suspended for a custodial interference conviction?

As surprising as it may be, the answer to this question is yes. Your driver license can be suspended in Utah if you are convicted for a criminal charge of custodial interference.

The logical connection between driving privileges and custodial interference is debatable. But the legislature has made the public policy decision to link the two by statute. Under Utah Code 53-3-220, a person's driver license can be suspended for a period of up to 180 days for a custodial interference conviction.

If you are facing prosecution for custodial interference or other criminal charges, the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney is vital. Based in Salt Lake City, criminal lawyer Stephen Howard has spent his career protecting the rights of individuals charged with crimes in Utah. Contact us today to arrange for an initial confidential consultation.

Can I avoid a license suspension for custodial interference?

Avoiding a driver license suspension for custodial interference can be achieved by avoiding a conviction in the criminal case. Depending on the facts and circumstances of the case, there may be various strategies that may give you the best chance for avoiding a custodial interference conviction.

A not guilty verdict at jury trial will avoid a conviction. But not all cases are appropriately suited for trial. In some cases, a negotiated resolution involving a plea in abeyance may provide a better alternative for achieving a dismissal and avoiding conviction. Consultation with an experienced criminal lawyer can help you develop the best strategy for your specific case.

How long will the driver license suspension be?

The length of a driver license suspension for a custodial interference conviction will depend on the level of the conviction. If the conviction is at the felony level (typically for taking a child across state lines), then the driver license can be suspended for 180 days. For a class A misdemeanor conviction (typically for a third conviction in a two-year period), the default suspension period is 90 days. If the conviction has no enhancements for prior convictions or crossing state lines, then the default suspension period is 30 days.

If I am convicted of custodial interference, can I shorten the suspension period?

Under Utah Code 53-3-220, default suspension periods are set at 30, 90, and 180 days depending on the level of the custodial interference conviction. But the statute also provides that the period can be shorter if the court with jurisdiction over the criminal case provides the Driver License Division with an order of suspension for a shorter period of time.

Finding a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney in Salt Lake City

Utah Criminal Defense LawyerSalt Lake criminal attorney Stephen Howard has spent his career defending the rights of individuals accused of crimes in Utah. His track record includes not guitly verdicts, dismissals, and appellate reversals in serious felony and misdemeanor cases. He has successfully protected his clients' rights in cases ranging from homicide to custodial interference, and virtually everything in between.

If you are facing criminal prosecution for custodial interference or other charges in Utah, Mr. Howard has the skill, knowledge, and determination to help you achieve the results you need.

Contact us now to arrange for an initial confidential consultation.

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

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560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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