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What IS a Plea In Abeyance in Utah?

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A Plea in Abeyance (or PIA) is an agreement between the defendant and the prosecutor in a criminal case. It involves the defendant and prosecutor agreeing to specific terms that the defendant will complete in order to prevent the charges from going on their criminal record.

Once, the defendant and prosecutor have come up with an agreement, the judge holds the agreement in place until all the agreed upon terms are completed.

Typical PIA terms may include:Plea in Abeyance in courtroom showing judge box with gavel.

  • – Paying a fine
  • – Completing some kind of community service
  • – Taking classes relevant to your charges
  • – Completing an evaluation and/or a treatment relevant to your charges

A Plea in Abeyance’s terms is usually a combination of the two or three terms listed above. However, it is rarely just one of the terms.

The pleas for any given charge will also vary person-to-person and county-to-county. An  PIA agreement for  someone in one county may differ from the agreement given to someone in another county. However, many PIAs are held for at least 6 to 12 months.


Is a PIA a conviction?


No. A PIA does not go on your record like a flat-out guilty plea does. It allows the judge to dismiss your charges once you’ve completed your end of the agreement.

Getting a Plea in Abeyance is similar to getting a speeding ticket and then going to traffic school in order to keep the ticket from going on your driving record.


Can I expunge a PIA?


Yes. Read our information about expungements here.

Click here, to read the official definition of a Plea in Abeyance in Utah.

This kind of plea deal is one of the most ideal outcomes other than a case dismissal. Hiring an attorney is the best way to go if you want to get a deal like a Plea in Abeyance.

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Will the Court suspend my Driver’s License in my DUI case?

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The results of the Utah Driver License Division (DLD) can have a great influence on what happens to your driver’s license when you resolve your court case. Depending on what happened at the DLD, you may completely avoid a suspension, suffer a reduced suspension, or suffer the full suspension.

This post will cover how the result of your case in court will affect your license. The previous post discussed the possible driver’s license consequences from the Driver License Division (DLD). Read More

Will my Driver’s License be suspended if I get a DUI in Utah?

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Diver’s license issues are one of the most common concerns people have when they are charged with DUI. It is important that you understand the importance of acting quickly to save your license if you are arrested for DUI. You should also understand that there are two venues where consequences can lead to a driver license suspension: The Driver License Division and the Criminal Court. This post will cover the information you need to know about the Driver License Division. Read More

Was Sally Drunk? Cops Say Oui-Oui!

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Sally Struthers, who played the bubbly blonde daughter of Archie Bunker (and adoring wife of Meathead) on the 1970s TV show All in the Family, was arrested in September on charges of drunk driving. The Emmy-winning actress, 65, was stopped at 12:30 a.m. in the town of Ogunquit, Maine, where she performs regularly with a local theater group, and was handcuffed and taken into custody. It is not known whether the actress provided a breath or blood sample (or even an autograph), but she was reportedly cooperative with the police throughout the incident. Struthers was held briefly and then released after posting $160 bail, which celeb-gossip site tmz.com — harkening back to the tear-jerking Christian Children’s Fund infomercials for which Struthers served as oft-parodied spokesperson — snarkily pointed out is just $1 a day for the past 160 days. Read More