The Utah Legislature is looking at modifying a section of the Utah Code to include keeping your vomit out of a police officer’s face unless you want to be charged with a third degree felony.
Propelling a Substance or Object
It is already a class A misdemeanor to propel any substance or object at a peace or police officer in Utah, but the law may soon be even more strict. You might find yourself on the wrong end of a third degree felony if the substance or object you hurl at a police officer is:
• Fecal matter
• An infectious agent or material carrying an infectious agent
• Vomit or a material that carries vomit
• Saliva, when the individual knows that he is infected with HIV, hepatitis B or C
and the substance or object comes into contact with the officer’s face, including eyes or mouth, or any open wound.
Additionally, you could be charged with a crime under this law as well as any another offense that is distinguishable from this particular crime.
Talk to Your Legislator
If you think that the punishment for hurling a bit of vomit doesn’t fit the crime, let your local legislator know. Remember that if you’re found guilty of a third degree felony you could go to jail or prison for up to five years.
Suck it Up and In and Call a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney
The bottom line is to keep all your bodily fluids and discharges to yourself. Even if you’re sorely tempted to let it all hang out, doing so on a police officer’s face isn’t the answer. Swallow your pride—and your vomit—and don’t say a word. Make your jailhouse phone call valuable by contacting a Utah criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Let your attorney do the talking for you. It may be your best decision yet.