Q: What are the fines for interfering with an arrest
A: The standard (and maximum) fine for this offense, which is a class B misdemeanor, is $680. However, Utah courts also, as a matter of course, add a 90% surcharge to such fines. Depending on the circumstances, the fine can often be negotiated to something lower and dropping the surcharge. If that doesn't happen, though, you would be looking at an actual maximum out-of-pocket of $1292 for interfering with an arresting officer.
A: The maximum fine for a Class B Misdemeanor is $1900 ($1000 + 90% surcharge). (https://www.utcourts.gov/howto/criminallaw/penalties.asp). However, Judges rarely order people to pay maximum fines. For example, a DUI conviction as a Class B Misdemeanor, requires a judge to order around a $1500 fine. Most other conviction for Class B Misdemeanors have no such requirement and often carry a fine of substantially less than a DUI. Interference with an arresting officer is a serious charge and can also carry jail time, probation time, and other sentences. It always makes sense to have an attorney determine if there is a way to fight the case or a way to get a more favorable resolution.
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