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Traffic Violations

Traffic Crimes in Salt Lake City

There is a common misconception that traffic violations aren't offenses that should be worried about. Many men and women choose to pay the fine, perhaps attending driver's school later on. However, it's important to note that paying a fine is a way of indicating guilt. When certain traffic violations carry misdemeanor or felony penalties, you must tread carefully and treat the matter seriously.

In Utah, there are several motor vehicle violations that can carry serious penalties. The information on this website is intended to provide additional insight into Utah's vehicle laws and procedures. Learn more about traffic violations and penalties in Utah, including:

Any serious traffic violation brings with it a serious fine and possible jail time, but there are many other consequences that can impact your life. A serious traffic offense that results in felony conviction can impact employment, housing, and future education prospects. It may be in your best interests to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney and fight the charges that you are faced with.

Salt Lake City Traffic Violation Attorney

If you have been arrested or cited with any major traffic offense, it's important to consider all of your options. Salt Lake City defense attorney Darren Levitt can help you weigh your best options and pursue a favorable outcome in court. This may mean aggressive pretrial motions or analyzing your case for instances of constitutional violations. Whatever traffic violation you are facing, Levitt Legal will help protect your future.

Based in Salt Lake City, Levitt Legal defends men, women, and minors who face serious traffic violation charges. Clients come from a variety of different backgrounds and communities throughout Utah. This includes Salt Lake County, Weber County, Box Elder County, Cache County, and the surrounding communities. If you or a loved one are faced with a major traffic violation or suspect you may soon be, call (801) 455-1743 for a free consultation with Levitt Legal.

Traffic Violation Information Center

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Criminal Traffic Violations in Utah

Traffic violations that can result in possible fines, imprisonment, and other penalties include:

  • Failure to Respond to an Officer's Signal to Stop (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-210.) – If the operator of a vehicle fails to stop after receiving visual or audible signals from the peace officer, they can be guilty of a 3rd degree felony. The penalties are increased if there is serious bodily injury of another person or property damage involved.
  • Accident Involving Property Damage (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-401.) – While a vehicle accident is not consider a crime, failure to exchange information with other persons involved can be a class B misdemeanor offense.
  • Accident Involving Bodily Injury (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-401.3.) – Failure to stop after an accident that resulted in the injury of another individual is considered 3rd degree felony. This criminal offense is commonly known as a "hit and run."
  • Accident Involving Death (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-401.5.) – It is a 3rd degree felony offense to leave the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of another individual without remaining to report the accident to the police.
  • Impaired Driving (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-502.5.) – Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both carries heavy penalties. This can include jail time, fines, probation, and other penalties, depending on the situation and driver's prior convictions. Learn more about DUI in Utah and related charges.
  • Reckless Driving (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-528.) – A person who drives without regard for property or other individuals can be faced with a Class B misdemeanor charge. This offense can be escalated if other individuals are seriously injured or die as a result of the reckless driving.

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Utah Points System

Utah's Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) created a points system for moving traffic violations. Points are given based on the severity of the traffic violation or accident. If an individual receives more than 200 points in a 3 year period, they face driver's license suspension. Driver's under the age of 21 who receive more than 70 points in a 3 year period also face the same penalty.

Points Distribution

Reckless Driving


Speeding (depending on severity)

37 – 75

Failure to Yield Right-of-Way


Following too Closely (tailgating)


Wrong Side of Road


Wrong Way on One-Way Street


Red Light


Stop Sign


Improper Lookout


Improper Passing


Negligent Collision


Other Moving Violations


Please note, that the traffic judge has leeway in point distribution and can make adjustments +/- 10% (except for speeding tickets). Half of the points are removed after 1 year without convictions. The remaining points are removed after 2 years without further convictions. 50 points can be removed once every three years if the individual attends a defensive driving course.

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Duties of a Driver after an Accident

Among the misdemeanor and felony traffic offenses in Utah are those for fleeing the scene of a vehicle accident. After a major vehicle accident, drivers are understandably panicked and confused. Their first thoughts are often to their future and not to the immediate fallout of their action. However, staying and completing their "duties" helps the driver avoid additional penalties for a hit and run.

The duties of a driver after an accident, under Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-401.7., include:

  • Exchanging operator's name, address, and vehicle registration number
  • Exchanging name and phone number of insurance provider
  • Showing driver's license to the other driver(s) involved in the accident, owner of property damaged in the accident, or the peace officer
  • Give reasonable assistance to any individual injured in the accident (including transporting, making arrangements for transporting, or even calling 911)
  • Call the nearest law enforcement agency as soon as possible

Failure to carry out these basic duties can result in a Class B misdemeanor offense. If the accident resulted in serious injury or death, it is considered a 3rd degree felony and involves a minimum fine of $750.

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Vehicle Seizure Procedure

Your vehicle may be seized in certain circumstances under Utah code 41-6a-211, including for the violation of motor vehicle laws. Whether you are operating a vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, or other vessel, it can be seized under the procedures established in the Utah Uniform Forfeiture Procedures Act. However, there are strict guidelines that determine the situation that vehicles and other property can be seized in.

A peace officer may only seize your vehicle if the situation meets one of the following criteria:

  • After notice and service issued by a court having jurisdiction over the vehicle
  • Without notice if the seizure is related to an arrest under a search warrant
  • Without notice if it is related to an inspection under an administrative inspection warrant
  • The vehicle is part of a prior judgment in favor of the state in a criminal injunction or forfeiture proceeding
  • The peace officer has probable cause to believe that the vehicle was used to flee law enforcement officials (Section 41-6a-210).

Any vehicles that are seized are then in the custody of the law enforcement agency that made the seizure, which may include the Utah Highway Patrol, the local sheriff's department or the local police department. It may only be released under orders of the law enforcement official or the court. Until then, the property may be moved to a place designated by the warrant or another appropriate location.

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Utah Traffic Resources

Utah Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) – Utah's DMV is responsible for processing driver's license applications, license plate requests, vehicle registration, and other matters

14555 South Minuteman Drive (50 East)
Draper, UT 84020

Utah State Courts - Traffic Offenses – Not all traffic offenses require court appearances. This website contains information on disputing citations, fine guidelines, dealing with lost tickets, and more.

Salt Lake County District Court
450 South State St
P.O. Box 1860
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1860

Utah Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol – Utah's Highway Patrol (UHP) was created in 1923 and has enforced traffic laws and promoted public safety ever since. The UHP gives aggressive driving presentations, attends safety fairs, and even car shows and parades.

Headquarters - Calvin Rampton Building
First Floor - South
4501 South 2700 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Salt Lake City Police Department – The officers at the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) may give traffic violations. However, their duties also include responding to emergency calls, maintaining the peace, and promoting community involvement in safety issues.

Liberty (East) Precinct
Public Safety Building
315 East 200 South, SLC
(801) 799-3000
Pioneer (West) Precinct
Pioneer Precinct
1040 West 700 South
(801) 799-4600

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Levitt Legal, PLLC | Salt Lake City Traffic Ticket Lawyer

If you are facing a traffic violation or suspect you may soon be, contact Levitt Legal today. Darren Levitt will help you understand your legal options and build a defense to keep the charge from damaging your future. He understands how serious the charge can be for professionals with certain licenses and individuals with excessive points currently on their records. Felony charges can have serious repercussions as well and may close many opportunity doors. Call (801) 455-1743 to discuss your case during a free, in-depth consultation with Salt Lake City traffic lawyer Darren Levitt.

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