In Utah, although a misdemeanor is an offense lower than a felony, it can be punished with a fine up to $2,500 in addition to a maximimum year in county jail. Utah Misdemeanors include 3 categories:
- 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.
Utah Misdemeanor Term of Imprisonment
A person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor may be sentenced to imprisonment as follows:
(1) In the case of a class A misdemeanor, for a term not exceeding one year;
(2) In the case of a class B misdemeanor, for a term not exceeding six months;
(3) In the case of a class C misdemeanor, for a term not exceeding 90 days.
Utah Misdemeanor Fines of Persons
(1) A person convicted of an offense may be sentenced to pay a fine, not exceeding:
(a) $10,000 for a felony conviction of the first degree or second degree;
(b) $5,000 for a felony conviction of the third degree;
(c) $2,500 for a class A misdemeanor conviction;
(d) $1,000 for a class B misdemeanor conviction;
(e) $750 for a class C misdemeanor conviction or infraction conviction; and
(f) any greater amounts specifically authorized by statute.
(2) This section does not apply to a corporation, association, partnership, government, or governmental instrumentality.
Contact a Utah Misdemeanor Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor, contact a Utah Misdemeanor Lawyer at Pearson, Butler & Carson, PLLC, to discuss options. Our Utah criminal attorney team offers free initial consultations at (801) 495-4104.