Defending Clients Against DUI and DWI Charges
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), contacting a DUI lawyer is the best way to protect your rights and your freedom. Arizona law is notoriously harsh with DUI convictions, which can be very frustrating if you just made a simple mistake or believe the charges against you are unfounded. Whether this is your first DUI charge or you have DUIs on your record already, reaching out to an experienced team of Yuma DUI lawyers is imperative.
Our team at Territorial Law has over 60 years of combined experience representing clients with DUI charges. We understand Arizona DUI law, and we can help you negotiate with prosecutors and present evidence in your defense in court to reduce or remove the charges against you. Your job status, housing, and personal reputation could be on the line, making your DUI defense of the utmost importance. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our law office if you are facing DUI charges. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling 928-955-7191.
How Does Arizona Define a DUI?
In Arizona, driving under the influence is defined as driving with intoxicating liquor or drugs in your system. If you are stopped by police while driving and have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more, you can be charged with a DUI. If you are driving a commercial vehicle, you can face DUI charges if your blood alcohol content is above 0.04 percent. You will also lose your driving privileges then and there and may be required to complete alcohol or drug screening before you can get your license back again.
If you are under the age of 21, you can be charged with a DUI with any amount of alcohol in your blood. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, your license will automatically be suspended. You may also face DUI charges if you are under the influence of any drug.
Arizona has three categories of DUIs: DUI, extreme DUI, and aggravated DUI. An extreme DUI applies to any person with a BAC of 0.15 or higher. An aggravated DUI applies to anyone who commits a DUI while their license is suspended, revoked, or canceled. You can also be charged with an aggravated DUI if you commit a DUI with a minor in the vehicle or commit a third DUI within 84 months. Extreme and aggravated DUIs carry harsher penalties than standard DUI charges.
What Are the Potential Penalties for a DUI?
The penalties for a DUI in Arizona depend on the nature of the DUI and how many DUIs you have been charged with in the past.
Below are the types of DUIs and their potential consequences:
For a first offense, you can be jailed for ten days and fined up to $1,250. You will also be required to equip your vehicle with a certified ignition interlock device. For second and subsequent offenses, you can be jailed for 90 days and face fines of up to $3,000. Your license will be revoked for one year.
For a first offense, you can be jailed for up to 30 days and face fines of up to $2,500. You may also be required to complete community service and install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. For second and subsequent offenses, you can be jailed for up to 120 days and face fines of $3,250. Your license will be revoked for one year.
You can face prison time of up to two years, and your license will be revoked for one year. You may be required to undergo drug and alcohol training or education, as well as community service. You must install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you drive.
What Are the Common Defenses Against a DUI?
While being arrested for a DUI can be overwhelming, rest assured that you are not automatically guilty. The criminal defense attorneys on our team will review your case to determine the best legal defense strategy for you.
Below are some common defense strategies that may be relevant to your case:
- Entrapment: If you feel like you were coerced into driving drunk so you could be arrested, you can use this as a defense to get your case thrown out. Police officers are not always ethical, and some law enforcement agencies will bend the rules to make an arrest.
- Forced to drive: Under some circumstances, you may be forced to operate a vehicle under less-than-ideal conditions. Our team can provide evidence of these circumstances to defend your case.
- Improper stop: Law enforcement officers must have probable cause to pull you over on the road. If you were not speeding, swerving, or driving dangerously, our team could argue that your stop (and, therefore, your arrest) was improper.
- Inaccurate testing: Breathalyzer tests are known to be faulty, either due to equipment failure or improper testing. The attorneys on our team can argue that the equipment used to test you was faulty.
Can a DUI Attorney Help You?
Being convicted of a DUI can have lasting consequences, including jail time, hefty fines, and damage to your reputation. The Arizona legal system is particularly harsh on DUI convictions, meaning there is a good chance you could face license suspension and other penalties in court. Our team of experienced attorneys can craft a legal defense strategy to get you the best possible outcome. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our law firm for assistance. Contact Territorial Law today for a free consultation by calling 928-955-7191.