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Every state has its own specific laws and penalties pertaining to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI). In Arizona, these are outlined in Arizona Revised Statutes § 28-1381. Generally speaking, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater, or while one’s abilities are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. This is a misdemeanor or felony offense, dependent upon the specific circumstances and whether any aggravating factors are present, such as the presence of a minor in the vehicle or prior DUI convictions.
DUI cases are highly technical in nature, due to testing devices and procedures. Even a case involving a “failed” breath test is not hopeless as our Phoenix DUI attorneys at Maria Jones Law Firm will use all their experience and resources to help you fight your charges. You are not alone!
Your license and your freedom may be at risk if you’ve been arrested for DUI in Arizona. Call (602) 603-4032 for a free case evaluation to find out how we can protect you.
Understanding DUI Charges & Penalties
A person may face DUI charges in Arizona if he or she is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle:
- While under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and/or a vapor containing a toxic substance;
- With a BAC of .08% (.04% for commercial drivers) or greater within 2 hours of operating the vehicle; or
- While with any amount of a drug defined in § 13-3401 in his or her body.
It is not a valid defense if a drug was lawfully prescribed to the driver, if it is affecting his or her ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Why You Should Hire an Experienced Phoenix DUI Lawyer
First things first, a DUI conviction in Arizona can lead to substantial penalties. You may be charged with ‘extreme DUI’ or even ‘super extreme DUI,’ in case your BAC is found to be 0.15+ % and 0.20+% respectively.
If proven, such crimes may result in minimum prison sentences of 30 days & 45 days respectively. Individuals convicted in DUI cases in Arizona may also face other penalties for different types of economic and noneconomic damages.
Even when your BAC is found to be less than 0.15%, you may still face prison time, heavy fines, community service, driver’s license suspension, and alcohol education/treatment. At times, convictions also result in orders to install ignition interlock devices (IIDs). Penalties are likely to be more severe if someone is proven to be a repeat offender.
Besides the penalties imposed by the judge, you may also have to deal with several other ‘collateral’ consequences of a DUI conviction in Arizona. These consequences can result in you being ineligible for many career, education, and housing opportunities. Some people may face deportation/removal, temporary/permanent loss of their driving license, professional licensing action, travel restrictions, etc.
Regardless of the nature of the incident, your age, profession, good standing in the community, financial status, etc., you need to do everything possible (and legal) to avoid a DUI conviction. This is what a caring and experienced Phoenix DUI lawyer can help you with.
Often people in Arizona have numerous misconceptions about DUI charges, outcomes of convictions, benefits of hiring a DUI attorney serving Arizona early on, and their rights. For example, people do not know that they can lose their license for refusing to undergo a breath test in Arizona and there are numerous ways to challenge the authenticity of BAC reading.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys serving Arizona help you avoid countless such pitfalls and pursue the best legal option to protect your interests. Besides challenging the validity of your BAC reading, skilled Phoenix DUI lawyers are aware of numerous other potential defenses to DUI allegations. For instance, the arresting officer may have violated your rights. Or, the field sobriety tests (FSTs) or breathalyzer tests may have been administered incorrectly. Or, you may not really have been in control of the vehicle. These are just a few examples of scenarios that may emerge when our attorneys decide to fight the DUI charges leveled against a client.
An attorney can also help you protect your driver’s license. Many people end up losing their licenses simply because they do not take preventive measures early on. Suspension of driving licenses following DUI charges in Arizona is handled by the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). It’s separate from the criminal court proceedings based on DUI charges. While the case is sub judice, you need to request a hearing with the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division within two weeks.
Offices in Tucson & Phoenix – Serving All of Arizona
With offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Maria Jones Law Firm serves all of Arizona. We have been protecting our clients’ rights for the past 15 years, and this means we have amassed a considerable amount of experience and have developed working relationships with our peers, opposition, judges, and court personnel.
Our DUI lawyers are qualified to handle your DUI case with the professionalism and passion you deserve. Keep in mind that regardless of whether you decide to hire a caring counsel for legal representation in a DUI case in Arizona or not, there will be experienced DUI attorneys on the other side. The prosecutors will try their level best and aggressively pursue the case with all available resources. Since you have a lot at stake, it’s advisable to have an experienced Phoenix DUI defense attorney on your side.
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