If you’re already in Utah custody and you escape from authorities, you will likely find yourself in further legal trouble and you might have additional jail time added to your current sentence.
Leaving official Utah custody without appropriate authorization makes you guilty of escape. Additionally, if you receive authorization by means of deceit, fraud or another way, you are still guilty of a crime. Normally it’s a third degree felony to escape custody. However, you may be charged with a second degree felony if you escape from a state prison.
What is Aggravated Escape?
It’s considered aggravated escape if you use a dangerous weapon or cause serious bodily injury to someone else. Aggravated escape is a first degree felony in Utah. First degree felonies can carry a potential prison term of at least five years and anywhere up to life.
The law specifically states that someone found guilty of escaping Utah custody shall have any prison term imposed for the escape run consecutively with any other sentence they are serving. The word “shall” doesn’t give the sentencing judge any latitude; that language requires the additional sentence to begin after the prisoner’s current time in jail ends.
Let a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney Help You Today
If you’re in jail, your best bet is not to attempt a escape but to talk to your attorney instead. If you have any questions concerning this law, don’t hesitate to contact a qualified, experienced Utah criminal defense attorney right away.
Don’t compound your troubles; discuss your situation with an attorney instead. You may find that you have legal options you aren’t currently aware of.