Utah DUI for Out of State Drivers – Do You Need To Return?
If you’ve picked up a DUI while visiting Utah, you aren’t alone – UHP officers are known to target out of state license plates and rental cars.If it is your first DUI within the past ten (10) years (anywhere) and there was no accident, and your BAC was below .159, or it was a legal RX drug or marijuana, we can usually resolve it without having you return through a plea by affidavit; often by reducing the charge to the lesser charge of Impaired Driving. You complete everything in your home state, including classes, assessment and community service.
How to Keep a Utah DUI Off of Your Home State License
On the drivers license front it’s critical to handle the Driver’s License part of the DUI correctly to avoid headaches later, and this is not a straightforward process. You could easily end up with a hold on your home state license or worse, and by worse we mean much worse. The DMV will create a “skeleton file” and depending on your DMV hearing Utah will suspend your privileges for 120 days in Utah (this doesn’t mean your home state has taken an action). It is possible to emerge from a DUI without a mark on your home license, if things are done correctly.
Keep in mind that there is no possible way for you to understand much less navigate this complex system largely because it has hidden pitfalls built in. If you try to interpret what is at best a complex thicket of intersecting rules you can be sure your home state license will be suspended.