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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE


SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

MINOR IN POSSESSION & UTAH UNDERAGE DRINKING ATTORNEY

Utah underage drinking penalties are severe. If you or your minor child has been charged with underage drinking, underage possession of alcohol, or underage DUI in Utah, the decisions you make in the first few days will have lasting repercussions. The smartest thing you can do is contact a Utah Underage Drinking attorney with experience in this area of law right away. They will be able to explain your rights and work with you as you go through the Utah juvenile justice system. Penalties are almost always less severe when you have an attorney working on your behalf. Our team at Intermountain legal has handled thousands of alcohol and juvenile related cases and can ensure that your rights are protected. We want you to have the best possible resolution of your case so that an underage drinking charge does not define your life for years to come.

Underage Drinking Laws

The underage drinking laws in Utah are very strict. It is illegal, with no exceptions, for a person under 21 years of age to drink alcohol, buy alcohol, or ask another person to buy alcohol for them.

Utah Underage Drinking Penalties

Utah’s strict alcohol laws are known as the “NOT-A-DROP” rules. Penalties for violating any of these laws in Utah are severe. They may include hundreds of dollars in fines and even jail time. Utah courts could also order that the minor participate in a substance abuse class. A first time violation for underage drinking or possession of alcohol can result in a 90 day driver’s license suspension. A second violation within three years can result in a driver’s license being suspended for one year. A minor who violates underage drinking laws before they are old enough to have a Utah driver’s license will be denied application for a driver’s license until 90 days after they become old enough to legally apply for their license.

Underage DUIs

Utah has a “ZERO TOLERANCE” policy for underage DUI. While the legal blood alcohol limit for an adult is .08, drivers under 21 years old may not operate a vehicle with ANY measurable amount of alcohol in their bodies.

Use of Fake ID in Utah

Utah also has strict laws preventing a person under 21 years of age from misrepresenting their age or using a fake ID to buy or drink alcohol. Possible consequences included suspension of the minor’s driver’s license. The consequences to retailers who sell alcohol to minors are also severe. In order to minimize their own liability, retailers are permitted to confiscate fake IDs. The retailer may also detain the underage person if they suspect the minor is trying to use a fake ID to buy alcohol. Utah law also permits a retailer to sue an underage person who uses a fake ID to buy alcohol to recover any losses or fines the retailer suffers as a result of the sale.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Parents occasionally encourage their teenagers to accept responsibility for their actions by pleading guilty to underage drinking charges. This is often not the best approach since the penalties can follow a minor for years. An experienced attorney can help to minimize the consequences of one bad choice. Contact the Salt Lake City-based Utah Underage Drinking Attorney at Intermountain Legal for a free consultation.


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STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

 
JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

 
STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

 
MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Marks's experience, click here.

 
MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.