Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction

Ignorance Isn't Bliss

A criminal charge can affect your life in ways you may not have thought of. Even a first offense can prevent or significantly hamper you from:

  • – Getting or keeping a job
  • – Getting or keeping a driver’s license
  • – Running for a political office
  • – Joining the armed forces
  • – Obtaining financial aid
  • – Renting a car
  • Consider how these few different situations can affect or be affected by a criminal charge and/or conviction:

    • – Crimes with Minors Present
    • – Teens and Crime
    • – Destruction of Property
    • – Employment Issues, including being barred from certain professions
    • – Loss of Driver’s License and/or Professional License
    • – Guns and Alcohol
    • – Drugs and Drug-Related Crimes
    • – The Infirm or Handicapped
    • – Students
    • – Political Office, even on the local level
    • – Traveling
    • – Visitors from Out of State
    • – Insurance Eligibility
    • – Your Financial Security

Felony Consequences

A felony criminal charge could further prevent you from:

  • – Sitting on a jury
  • – Voting
  • – Traveling outside the state
  • – Owning a firearm

Because the State of Utah has chosen to prosecute boating and OHV DUIs under its standard DUI statute, the penalties for a boating or OHV DUI are identical to the penalties for a DUI received while driving a car. For more on the penalties for a DUI in the state of Utah, click here.

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