Like all states, Utah may suspend or revoke your license for a variety of reasons. Driving while your license is suspended or revoked is a crime. A conviction may result in fines or jail time.
Too many traffic violations, an alcohol offense, and certain criminal convictions are just some of the reasons that your license may be suspended or revoked in Utah.
Utah operates a points-based system for determining when your driver’s license should be suspended. Points are assessed against your license for each traffic violation, and your license may be suspended when you accrue a certain number of points. (Utah Code § 53-3-221(4)(a).)
Your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked for alcohol offenses. They include:
Your license may be suspended or revoked for certain other criminal convictions. They include:
Your license may also be suspended or revoked if you:
Your license may be suspended or revoked for other reasons as well.
The period of time your license may be suspended or revoked may depend on the reason for the loss of your driving privileges and other factors. After your suspension or revocation period expires, you may be required to pay a reinstatement fee, other fees, or complete other conditions before your license is reinstated. (Utah Code § 53-3-205(12).) The reinstatement fee may be $30. (Utah Code § 53-3-105 (23)(a).) If you are seeking reinstatement after an alcohol or drug offense, you may be required to pay an additional $35 fee. (Utah Code § 53-3-105(23)(b).)
If you drive while your license is suspended or revoked, you may be charged with a crime. In many cases, you may be charged with a Class C misdemeanor. (Utah Code § 53-3-227(2).) The maximum penalty for a Class C misdemeanor may involve:
You may be charged with a Class B misdemeanor if your license was suspended for certain offenses, including:
The maximum penalty for a Class B misdemeanor may involve:
In this circumstance you may be subject to a minimum fine of $750. (Utah Code § 53-3-227(3)(c).)
A conviction for driving on a suspended or revoked license may have serious consequences. In addition to fines and jail time, you may have difficulty at work or school, with insurance, and with other areas of your life. The law provides specific maximum penalties for a conviction, but your sentence will also be influenced by the views of local judges and prosecutors on the crime. An attorney who is familiar with these charges in your area is best able to provide you with information about your individual case.