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Fines and Penalties In the State of Utah for Drug Possession, Use, and More

Utah Drug Offenses 

Facing drug charges in Utah can be a scary and overwhelming situation to find yourself in. The penalties and fines for being convicted of a drug offense in Utah are serious enough to warrant the help of a trusted criminal defense attorney. Learn more below about the current fines and penalties in Utah for drug offenses.

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Utah Drug Possession Laws & Their Consequences

The type of drug that you are charged with being in possession of determines the level of punishment. Schedule I and II drugs are classified as third-degree felonies.

The sentence for a third-degree felony in Utah can include up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Marijuana and Schedules III, IV, and V drugs are treated as a class B misdemeanor. The sentence for a Class B misdemeanor can include up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

If you have a prior criminal record, including repeat controlled substance offenses, this could result in harsher sentences upon conviction of a drug charge. In addition, using or possessing the illegal controlled substance in certain designated areas, such as drug-free zones, could result in stiffer penalties at sentencing.

What Are Common Drug Charges in Utah?

Additional common drug charges in Utah include:

  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Intent to distribute
  • Distribution
  • And driving under the influence (DUI)

Defendants are typically charged with multiple drug offenses arising out of a single arrest.

The sentence for being convicted of multiple drug charges can be harsher and include additional consequences, such as:

  • Community service
  • Loss of security clearance
  • Substance abuse classes
  • And more

Possession of drug paraphernalia in Utah can result in up to six months of jail time and a $1,000 fine. Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute in Utah can result in up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Being convicted of a DUI in Utah for your first offense can result in up to:

  • 180 days in jail, a fine of $1,310
  • A 120-day license suspension
  • And at least one year of a mandatory Ignition Interlock Device while driving

Contact Lokken & Putnam, P.C. Today

If you or a loved one are facing drug charges in Utah, retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your freedom. The knowledgeable legal team at Lokken & Putnam, P.C. is here for you and your family when your future is on the line.

Have additional questions regarding drug laws in Utah? Contact us today at (801) 829-9783 or contact us online to discuss your case.