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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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AAA Utah Offers Free Tipsy Tow for Super Bowl Sunday 2014

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With the 2014 Super Bowl approaching everybody is preparing for a weekend of relaxing and parties. The Utah Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are preparing as well. With the high likelihood that alcohol will be served at many Super Bowl parties the cops will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. AAA Utah has extended a helping hand this year to help you avoid a DUI charge and help keep the roads safe. Take it from a DUI Attorney in Salt Lake, it is definitely worth taking AAA up on their offer rather than suffering the high cost of a DUI in Utah. Read More

Orlando Police Officer Arrested for DUI; Becomes Belligerent

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An off duty Orlando Police Officer, Sean Gilhuly, was arrested Sunday for DUI and Criminal Mischief. A witness called 911 when a white Ford Explorer sat through two green-light cycles. The caller described the driver as being drunk, high, or something. Police responded to the scene where they found an open bottle of peach schnapps in the officer’s vehicle. You can find the story here. 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

DUI and Vehicular Manslaughter Defense

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Under the Utah Criminal Code, causing the death of another person while driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs results in a charge of automobile homicide. Needless to say, it is a serious felony charge that carries the potential for years of prison time — but as is the case with any DUI charge, automobile homicide is rarely an open-and-shut case. Automobile homicide cases are almost always filled with uncertainties. Just about everything is subject to question, interpretation, judicial discretion and negotiation. And that is where a strong defense comes into play. Read More