First Time Offenders Of Misdemeanor Crimes
For misdemeanor cases, the maximum jail time ranges from 90 days to one year. Misdemeanor offenses are classified into class A, B, and C by level of seriousness. Common misdemeanors include:
- Class A: Negligent homicide, DUI with injury, theft, assault on a police officer, criminal mischief, and possession of marijuana (more than one ounce, less than 16 ounces).
- Class B: Assault, resisting arrest, DUI, reckless driving, possession of marijuana under one ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting (under $300), trespass of a dwelling, public nuisance, concealed weapon, and many traffic offenses.
- Class C: Public intoxication, no valid license, and driving on a suspended license.
A first offender in a misdemeanor case will probably not serve additional jail time. The court may allow the defendant to serve a probation term and expunge the charges after a successful completion. The court could also impose community supervision, probation, restitution, fines, substance abuse classes, or counseling.
First offense drug crimes as described in the Utah Controlled Substances Act or Utah Drug Paraphernalia Act will result in the suspension of your driver’s license for six months. Drunk driving or refusing a blood alcohol test will also result in suspension of your driver’s license. Levitt Legal, PLLC will review the possibilities with you and how best to resolve your case.
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