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DWI Defense Attorneys in Utah
Utah’s DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) laws are some of the toughest in the nation with a blood alcohol limit of .05. If you are facing DUI charges, it is definitely in your best interest to hire a qualified defense attorney to protect your rights.
The Salt Lake City DUI lawyers at Greg Smith and Associates handle all types of intoxicated driving defense cases, including cases involving:
- DUI: the first offense
- DUI: repeat offenses
- DUI and prescription drugs
- DUI with metabolite or drug residue
- Field sobriety tests and breath tests
- Implied consent laws and refusal to submit to a test
- DLD (Department of Licensing Division) hearings
- Interlock devices
- Underage DUI and minors in possession
Our firm has represented countless intoxicated driving clients. We know the laws and we are prepared to aggressively fight for you. Contact a DUI defense attorney at Greg Smith and Associates for a free consultation by calling 801-651-1512 or emailing us.
Utah DUI Laws Leave No Margin for Error
If you are pulled over, take a field sobriety or test and are judged by the police officer to be impaired, you will get no leeway. If your Breathalyzer or blood alcohol test results in an alcohol percentage greater than .05, you are in serious trouble. This means that you can have only one drink (depending on your weight) and possibly reach that level. Certainly two drinks could get you there.
You may also face DUI charges if you test positive for any type of drug that can possibly affect your perception and judgment when operating a motor vehicle. This includes even legal prescription drugs for which you have a legitimate doctor’s prescription, such as painkillers like Vicodin or OxyContin. Of course, it also includes illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroin and methamphetamine. Regardless of its legality, if it can impair your judgment, it is illegal to drive under its influence.
More Experience, More Successes in Defending DUI Clients
We are among Utah’s most experienced DUI lawyers. There are many ways to protect your rights and we know them all. It is important to remember that unless you file for a hearing with the Utah Driver’s License Division within 10 days of your arrest, your license will be suspended. We will help you complete and file the proper paperwork so you can hopefully keep driving to work or school while waiting for your case to go to court.
Even though DUI charges are fairly common, it is certainly possible for the police to make procedural errors during your arrest or while handling evidence against you. An experienced attorney like Greg Smith can identify these errors and use them to craft an effective defense against your charges. We carefully review arrest reports and all procedures with these important questions in mind:
- Did the police have probable cause to arrest you?
- Did they have a reasonable suspicion to pull you over?
- Was evidence properly collected and reviewed?
- Were the Breathalyzer and other tests correctly administered?
- Was the testing equipment properly calibrated and maintained?
- Were you advised of your Miranda rights before any in-custody questioning?
We will examine and evaluate any aspect of a DUI case that can be challenged or suppressed.
Minimizing the Penalties
Even in cases where a conviction may be inevitable, we work hard to minimize or reduce the penalties, lessen the consequences and minimize the impact of the conviction. For example, there are programs first-time offenders can enter in an effort to lighten a sentence, or we may be able to negotiate a plea to a lesser charge.
Call Our Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Attorneys For Answers
To learn about all your options after a DUI arrest, your most important strategy is to remain silent and contact our attorneys today. Our lead attorney Greg Smith knows what tactics the state will use to secure a conviction.
It is best to call an attorney as soon as possible because it is often hard or impossible to undo the damage done when people wait too long to seek counsel. You can call Greg Smith and Associates at 801-651-1512 or reach us online.