As in all other states, Utah drivers can have their driving privileges suspended or revoked for a variety of criminal convictions, traffic violations, and other reasons. And motorists who are caught driving during a suspension or revocation are likely to face criminal charges.
Some of the more common circumstances that can lead to license revocation or suspension include:
These are some of the reasons that can result in the loss of driving privileges, but there are many more.
The period of time your license is suspended or revoked depends on the circumstances. But once the suspension or revocation period is over, you'll typically need to pay a reinstatement fee and might have to meet other conditions before you can legally drive again. The reinstatement fee is usually $40.
In Utah, driving on a suspended or revoked license is a misdemeanor criminal offense. However, the specific classification of misdemeanor and possible penalties depend on the circumstances.
In many instances, driving on a suspended or revoked license is a class C misdemeanor. A conviction carries up to 90 days in jail and a maximum fine of $750.
You can be charged with a class B misdemeanor and subject to more serious penalties if your license was suspended for certain offenses, including:
A class B misdemeanor carries up to six months in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine.
Being convicted of driving on a suspended or revoked license can have serious consequences. So, if you've been arrested for one of these violations, it's a good idea to get in contact with an attorney who has experience dealing with this type of case. A qualified attorney can help you understand what you're up against and decide on the best course of action.