Evidence and circumstances are not the only determinants of the severity of the criminal charges authorities may bring against you and the sentence you could receive. Other factors are considered: Have you been convicted of a prior offense? Have you been convicted of the currently charged offense previously? Was violence involved, or a gun brandished, in the crime’s commission? Was someone hurt, maimed or killed? Was there an accomplice? For most crimes, it all matters. Utah has a three-strikes rule for violent crime — if your third conviction for a violent crime is a first-degree felony, you will not be eligible for parole; if it is third- or second-degree felony, it will be treated as a first-degree felony, but with parole possible. For other crimes, repeat convictions can ratchet up the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. Examples include a charge of DUI, where two prior convictions for misdemeanors promise the third such incident will be charged as a felony, and petit larceny, where a third conviction for theft of $1,500–$4,999 in a 10-year period will be bumped up to a third-degree felony, carrying heavier potential sentences and fines.