Support as you face criminal alcohol charges
Utah is well-known for its tough laws concerning alcoholic beverages. Even with relaxation of some regulations in recent years, Utah alcohol laws are strictly enforced. Beverage laws apply in business settings like clubs and restaurants, and to the individual use of alcohol in public and transportation settings as well. If you are charged under alcohol laws in Utah, the legal team at Intermountain Legal offers a rapid, vigorous response to protect you. We have extensive, successful experience with drunk driving, underage drinking and other criminal law charges along the Wasatch Front and throughout Utah.
Understanding Utah alcohol laws
In part, alcohol laws in Utah are similar to those in other states. A blood test that shows your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 percent or above will be used to prove you were driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. Other components of Utah law include the following:
- It is against the law to drink or possess a drink in a vehicle, whether you are the driver or a passenger. Similarly, it is against the law to sit in a car with an alcoholic beverage even if it is stopped or parked.
- Utah alcohol laws extend to any vehicle on the roads or waters of the state. This means consumption of alcohol on a boat, as driver or passenger, is illegal.
- In Utah, an open container is defined as a beverage on which the seal is broken, the container is open or its contents even partially consumed. An open container in a car or boat within reach of driver or passenger, as in a glove compartment, is subject to an open container offense.
- Driving under the influence in Utah means impaired driving caused by alcohol or drugs. Alcohol is metabolized in the bloodstream relatively quickly compared to illegal drugs that may remain in your system for weeks. If a metabolite of an illegal drug, like marijuana, is identified in your bloodstream after you are pulled over for impaired driving, you will be charged on a metabolite offense, which can lead to conviction on a Class B misdemeanor.
- Utah has a zero tolerance law when it comes to minors. It is illegal for any person under age 21 to operate a vehicle with any amount of alcohol in his or her bloodstream.
Utah laws are strict and specific. We offer straightforward information and representation to defend against alcohol charges, resolve your case and move forward with your life.
Get experienced help with alcohol laws in Utah
If you’re arrested on a DUI or other impaired driving charge, Intermountain Legal is dedicated to helping you understand the law and how we can help protect your rights and your future. Call [ln::phone] or contact us online today.