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City of Orem

56 N. State St., Orem, UT, 84057, US

City of Orem Justice Court

Notification of Enhancement - Handheld Device

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IF YOU ARE CONVICTED of the offense of Using Handheld Device While Operating Vehicle, this conviction may be used to make a later offense more serious by raising the classification of that offense.  This form provides notification of the current provisions of Utah State Law regarding enhancement; minimum/maximum penalties applicable to the different classifications of offenses; and the specific elements of you current charges.  It does not notify you of other collateral consequences.



41-6a-1716(2):  Except as provided in Subsection (3), a person may not use a handheld wireless communication device while operating a moving motor vehicle on a highway in this state to manually: (a) write, send, or read a written communication, including a text message, an instant message, or electronic mail; (b) dial a phone number; (c) access the Internet; (d) view or record video; or (e) enter data into a handheld wireless communication device.

     (3)  Subsection (2) does not prohibit a person from using a handheld wireless communication device while operating a moving motor vehicle: (a) when using a handheld communication device for voice communication; (b) to view a global positioning or navigation device or a global positioning or navigation application; (c) during a medical emergency; (d) when reporting a safety hazard or requesting assistance relating to a safety hazard; (e) when reporting criminal activity or requesting assistance relating to a criminal activity; (f) when used by a law enforcement officer or emergency service personnel acting within the course and scope of the law enforcement officer’s or emergency service personnel’s employment; or (g) to operate: (i) hands-free or voice operated technology; or (ii) a system that is physically or electronically integrated into the motor vehicle.

41-6a-1716(1):  (a) “Handheld wireless communication device” means a handheld device used for the transfer of information without the use of electronic conductor or wires.  (b)  “Handheld wireless communication device” includes a: (i) wireless telephone; (ii) text messaging device; (iii) laptop; or (iv) any substantially similar communication device that is readily removable from the vehicle and is used to write, send, or read text or data through manual input.



41-6a-1716(4):  A person convicted of a violation of this section is guilty of a:  (a) class C misdemeanor with a maximum fine (after calculation of surcharges) of $185; or (b) class B misdemeanor if the person: (i) has also inflicted serious bodily injury upon another as a proximate result of using a handheld wireless communication device in violation of this section; or (ii) has a prior conviction under this section, that is within three years of:  (A) the current conviction under this section; or (B) the commission of the offense upon which the current conviction is based.

Minimum/Maximum Sentence

Class C Misdemeanor:  0 to 90 days jail AND/OR $0 to $185 fine and surcharges, plus interest

Class B Misdemeanor:  0 days to 6 months jail AND/OR $0 to $1,950 fines and surcharges, plus interest

I understand the foregoing Notification of Enhancement as explained here.  I understand if I have further questions, I should contact the Court before signing this document.  


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