DUI Attorney in Arizona
Driving Under The Influence DUI in Arizona
In the state of Arizona, a DUI (driving under the influence) is a serious offense that can carry significant consequences and penalties. If you are found to be driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, you can be charged with a DUI.
One immediate consequence of a DUI is the suspension or revocation of your driver's license. The length of the suspension or revocation will depend on the circumstances of your case and whether you have any prior DUIs. You may also be required to pay a reinstatement fee and complete a driver's education program before your license is reinstated.
In addition to the loss of your driving privileges, a DUI can also result in criminal penalties. The specific penalties you may face will depend on the severity of your case and whether you have any prior DUIs. However, you can expect to face fines, community service, and possibly even jail time. In some cases, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, which prevents you from starting the car if you have been drinking.
Beyond the criminal penalties, a DUI can also have other long-term consequences. It can affect your insurance rates, making it more expensive to insure your vehicle. It can also impact your employment, as many employers do not want to hire someone with a DUI on their record. A DUI can also damage your reputation and relationships with friends and family.
In summary, a DUI in Arizona can carry serious consequences and penalties, including the loss of your driver's license, criminal penalties, and long-term consequences such as higher insurance rates and difficulty finding employment. It is important to always drive sober and make arrangements for a designated driver or alternative transportation if you plan to drink.
Arizona DUI Lawyers
Arizona is known nationwide as having some of the toughest DUI laws in the Country. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) ranked Arizona as one of the top 5 most aggressive states when it comes to DUI enforcement and penalties. Driving Under The Influence (DUI), often identified as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in other states, is defined in Arizona’s Revised Statutes which state:
It is unlawful for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle in this state under any of the following circumstances:
- While under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, a vapor releasing substance containing a toxic substance or any combination of liquor, drugs, or vapor releasing substances if the person is impaired to the slightest degree.
- If the person has an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more within two hours of driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle and the alcohol concentration results from alcohol consumed either before or while driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle.
- While there is any drug defined in section 13-3401 or its metabolite in the person’s body.
- If the vehicle is a commercial motor vehicle that requires a person to obtain a commercial driver's license as defined in section 28-3001 and the person has an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more.
Be aware that you may be arrested and charged with a DUI even if you are not impaired and even if your BAC is below 0.08. In Arizona, the law is written so that you may be charged in several different ways, making a good defense that much more important to your case. These are typically First-Time DUI's, not an extreme DUI.
Our job as Arizona DUI attorneys at Canyon State Law Firm in Arizona is to hold the State accountable and make them prove beyond a reasonable doubt that their claims against you are true. Many DUI cases are won and lost on technicalities – often revolving around the way evidence against you is gathered and handled. Consequently, it is very important that you contact us as soon as possible so we put together an appropriate plan of action depending on the facts of your particular case.
As your DUI Attorneys in Arizona, we fight for your rights and aggressively advocate the position of each and every one of our clients.
DUI Penalties in ArizonaPenalties upon a DUI conviction include;
- Not less than ten consecutive days in jail;
- Significant fines and penalties;
- The installation and maintenance of an alcohol ignition interlock device on any vehicle you operate for at least one year;
- Community service penalties; and
- Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. Upon conviction, you will also have a criminal record.
Practically speaking, your career, education, immigration status, or other endeavors that require a position of “good standing” may also be placed in jeopardy. Most commercial drivers, for example, are under a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to DUI and a previous conviction may cause you to lose your job and disqualify you from future employment opportunities.
If you are an undocumented alien in this country and arrested for Driving Under the Influence, you will need specialized help dealing with complex DHS troubles.
Keep in mind also that much of your punishment will come in the form of a very long and stressful road through the Arizona state court system. As experienced DUI attorneys in Mesa Arizona, we will make that journey as painless as possible, and navigate it with you every step of the way. Understanding the applicable laws, local policies, and having a rapport with the judges, prosecutors, and other local law enforcement officials that will be on the other side of your case goes a long way.
License Suspension & RevocationIn Arizona, a refusal to submit to a blood or breath test triggers the suspension of your driving privileges for 12 months. You do, however, have a short period of time to request a hearing before the Arizona Department of Transportation where you can argue your case. This hearing is a different proceeding, separate from your DUI charge, but can sometimes have a significant impact on your DUI case itself. For that reason, it is important that you contact Canyon State Law Firm as soon as possible after you are stopped to ensure that ALL your rights are protected.
Contact Us For a Free ConsultationWe are located in Arizona, with locations across the East Valley and offer a free legal consultation with a criminal defense lawyer in Arizona about your criminal charges.
Canyon State Law in Mesa
1755 S Val Vista Dr Suite 205 Mesa, AZ 85204
All initial consultations are free of charge and we will help you quickly determine what you should do with your pending criminal charges. Our attorneys and staff are friendly and understanding of your situation.
We can help you if you have been arrested and charged with any of the following crimes in Arizona:
- Extreme DUI
- Super Extreme DUI
- DUI Admissible Evidence
- Boating DUI
- Boating DUI Extreme
- Drag Racing
- Excessive Speeding
- Aggressive Driving
- Unreasonable Speed