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State v. Ainsworth, 2016 UT App 2 (Jan. 7, 2016)

Jan 7, 2016

While driving with methamphetamine in his system, defendant collided with another vehicle, resulting in serious injuries to two adults and the death of their eighteen-month-old child. The State charged defendant with three second-degree felonies under Utah’s Measurable Amount Statute. At the district court and on appeal, defendant argued the statute violated his rights under uniform operations of law provision of the Utah Constitution. The Utah Court of Appeals held the Measurable Amount Statute was unconstitutional because there appeared to be no rational basis for treating individuals with a measurable amount of an illegal substance more harshly than individuals who drove under the influence of an incapacitating amount.