Drug Possession and Your Driver’s License
Utah Drug Possession Defense Lawyer
At Salcido Law Firm PLLC our attorneys are contacted nearly every day by someone who has been cited for possession of marijuana or other drugs. What most people don’t know is that a conviction for the mere possession of marijuana, heroine, crack, etc. will result in the loss of your driver’s license…for six months. This has to be one of the worst consequences of a drug possession charge.
No Right to a Hearing
The Utah State Legislature has made suspension of your driver’s license mandatory if the driver’s license division (“DLD”) receives record of your possession conviction. This means that you have no right to appeal the administrative decision of the DLD.
In our experience the court does not even have to send the DLD record of your conviction. It appears that DLD personnel are scanning court records online to find out who has been convicted for drug possession. Once they see online that someone has a marijuana or other drug conviction the DLD has been suspending driver’s licenses immediately. They don’t even wait to hear from the court.
The Law Needs to Change
The law requiring the DLD to suspend your driver’s license because you smoked a joint on your front porch is ridiculous and it needs to change. There is no relevant connection between drug possession and your driver’s license. It is just the Utah Legislature’s way to continuing its failed prohibition of drug possession. Contact your state legislator to get this law changed and to protect your privilege to drive.
Until the Law Changes Contact SLF
We are Utah drug defense lawyers and we believe that the government has no business telling you what you can and cannot put ingest into your body so long as you do not violate the rights of anyone while doing so. If you have been charged with drug possession, contact us. We’ll do everything we can to keep you out of jail and to keep your driver’s license. Email or phone 801.413.1753.