There are two different battlefields where tickets and driving violations are fought:
- The court system.
- The State Driver’s License Division, or “DLD”
Driving violations are prosecuted in Justice Court or District Court. The judges decide whether a crime was committed and what type of penalty to apply. The penalty may include fines and time in jail.
However, the other battlefield is with the Utah State Driver’s License Division. The State Driver’s License Division, or “DLD” for short, has the authority to suspend or revoke your driver’s license based on driving crimes. This occurs in a separate set of proceedings and you often have very strict and very short deadlines to request a hearing with the DLD.
If you receive a DUI (driving after drinking or using drugs), the DLD will try to take your driver’s license away. Call us. The DLD may also take your license if you have Multiple traffic violations in a short period of time.
If you miss these deadlines you very often have waived your right to them.