Utah is a popular place for year-around off highway vehicle use—whether you’re into snowmobiling in the winter or four-wheeling in the summer. There are some laws and rules you should know about, however, to keep your off highway vehicle experience fun and crime-free.
You are not allowed to tear down, mutilate, destroy or deface the following items prohibiting or regulating off highway vehicle use on public lands:
• A sign
• A signboard
• Any notice
It’s also illegal to do anything to a fence or other type of enclosure or bars/gates on public lands.
It is against the law to operate a motor vehicle or give someone else permission to drive on public lands not designated for cross-country use. If you do either, you could
• Be guilty of a class C misdemeanor
• Be fined up to $150
• Be required to perform community service by repairing any damage you caused in your cross-country driving
Penalties are increased if you have previously been convicted of violating certain Utah laws or you’re caught committing some crimes related to cross-country driving.
There are many rules and regulations concerning off highway vehicle usage; if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local governmental entity.
If, perhaps, you’ve been charged with crimes relating to off highway vehicle use, immediately talk to a Utah criminal defense attorney. Don’t assume you have to live with a criminal charge or fine, particularly if you inadvertently disobeyed the law. Call a Utah criminal defense attorney today.