Salt Lake City DUI Attorney With Decades of Experience
If you have been charged with a drunk driving (DUI) offense in Salt Lake City, you should count on the advice of an experienced attorney who can thoroughly and meaningfully walk you through your options. You should be given the opportunity to make the best possible decision and have the best possible outcome based upon the circumstances of your case.
For more than 25 years, defense lawyer Daniel Matern has stood up for the rights of people throughout Salt Lake City, including St. George and its surrounding areas. I have the experience and knowledge to challenge the evidence against you, move to exclude illegally obtained evidence, and protect your constitutional rights.
What Is a DUI / DWI Charge?
If you are pulled over by a police officer and a breath test shows a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, you will be charged with driving under the influence (DUI/DWI). However, blood alcohol levels below .08 can also result in unsafe driving charges. Additionally, you may be charged with a DUI if you have signs of being under the influence of drugs. As your Murray DUI defense lawyer, I can defend you against these and all DUI/DWI related charges, including reckless driving, hit and run, and more.
The terms DWI (driving while intoxicated) and DUI (driving under the influence) are used interchangeably. The term DUI is more comprehensive in that the offense or violation charged might be drug induced (whether illegal or prescribed) and not necessarily alcohol-related.
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Drunk Driving Penalties and Consequences
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense, and Utah has some of the most severe DUI penalties in the country. Even a first time offender faces stiff penalties, including a possible jail sentence, license suspension and a hefty fine. Repeat offenders are subject to a felony conviction and a possible five-year prison sentence. Other repercussions include an interlock device being installed on your car, which requires a blood alcohol monitor test every time you drive. This is in cases that do not result in your driver’s license being suspended or revoked.
A drunk driving conviction can also result in job loss. If a conviction results in suspension or revocation of your license, you may or may not be issued a work permit. For people whose jobs require that they drive, this can cause serious problems. Even if it does not result in job loss, a conviction will appear on your permanent record, which can be seen by all future employers.
Salt Lake City DUI Defense Options
I will determine whether going to trial is right for you. If going to trial is not your best defense option, you may have the option to enter into a plea agreement that may lessen the consequences of a DUI conviction. A conviction for Impaired Driving consists of admitting to facts that could result in a DUI conviction, but the consequences are favorable to the defendant if the terms of the plea and probation are successfully completed.
In some instances, I may be able to have the prosecutor or the judge to drop the charges altogether, based on police misconduct and ill-gotten evidence. I will work hard to design a defense strategy designed to get you the results you need.
To enlist the representation of a skilled Salt Lake City DUI Attorney, contact me, Daniel Matern, toll free at 801-266-4114 today. I offer a free consultation to discuss your drinking and driving charge and possible defense options.