St George Defense
One of the lesser known offenses in the family of DUI charges is called impaired driving and is treated as a lesser offense by the law. If you have been charged with a DUI in Utah, you may be able to reduce your charge to impaired driving which is a much more favorable offense as far as the consequences are concerned. Some factors that can help or hurt your chances of having a DUI reduced to impaired driving are your blood alcohol concentration and whether or not this is your first offense. A reduction to impaired driving, however, is only possible through a plea agreement that is agreed to by the prosecution and the court
Consequences of Impaired Driving
The biggest difference between Impaired Driving and a DUI charge are the penalties associated with each offense. Under a DUI charge there are mandatory penalties associated with the offense one of which is a suspension of the driver’s license. If a person is able to get their charge reduced to Impaired Driving then they do not deal with those mandatory penalties and have more room to negotiate a lighter penalty. On the other hand, if the person is facing a DUI charge then their license will be immediately suspended subject to a hearing; and the best outcome at the hearing will still subject the person to a 120 day suspension following their conviction.
Having an Attorney on Your Side
As shown above the difference between a DUI and an Impaired Driving charge can be huge for the accused. If you or someone you love has been charged with DUI then you will want to increase your chances of reducing that charge to Impaired Driving and the best way to do that is with the help of an attorney. Our experienced professionals at our defense law firm, we have helped many people in your situation get their charges reduced and they can do the same for you. Call now to set up a free consultation so we can help defend your rights 435.215.1101.