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To test or not to test? Understanding Utah's DUI Testing Laws

Perhaps you were on your way home after stopping off to have a drink with friends after work. You headed home knowing that you didn't have nearly enough to drink in order to face accusations of drunk driving. Then, an officer pulled you over for some alleged traffic violation and approached the vehicle.

How can I fight a DUI charge?

As of earlier this year, Utah now has the toughest DUI laws in the country. The lowering of the acceptable blood alcohol concentration level made national headlines. By making a law change like this, this means one of two things. Either more people will face DUI charges, or it will serve as a deterrent for drinking and driving.

Is it a good idea to fight a traffic ticket?

Have you received a ticket for speeding or failing to stop and don't think you deserved one? It is possible to challenge the ticket by opting to have the charge heard in court. That will allow a judge to decide if you really violated the law and if the police officer that issued the ticket followed all required policies and procedures. But before you decide that challenging the ticket is worthwhile, you ought to take the pros and cons of doing so into consideration.

What happens if I violate my probation?

Whether you are in the pre-sentencing stage or have been convicted of a crime, the judge may have opted to put you on probation as opposed to imprisonment. There are certain legal restrictions that you will have to observe such as abstaining from the illegal use of drugs, not carrying a firearm, and refraining from getting into any additional legal trouble of any kind.

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