Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) can be a stressful experience. There are many different laws
in Arizona that can affect the outcome of your case and this can quickly get confusing. If you have questions about DUI, we can help. This article includes answers to some of the most common things people ask about drunk driving charges.
Are DUI and DWI the same thing?
DWI stands for "driving while intoxicated" or "driving while impaired." In some states, DUI and DWI are different offenses. In Arizona, the official term is DUI, and there is no legal charge for DWI. However, you may hear some people use the two terms interchangeably.
Are DUI checkpoints legal?
Some states have determined that DUI checkpoints
are unconstitutional. However, they are legal on a federal level and in Arizona.
Can you refuse a breathalyzer?
Under Arizona's implied consent law, you can be tested for alcohol or drug use under certain circumstances. Your license will be suspended
if you do not submit to this screening. In most cases, the police officer already has enough evidence for an arrest even before they ask for a breathalyzer test and will usually be able to obtain a warrant.
Is a DUI a felony in Arizona?
Most DUI charges in Arizona are classified as misdemeanors
. However, aggravated DUI is a felony
. This charge applies if any of the following factors were present at the time of your arrest: you had a suspended license, there was a child under 15 years of age in the car, you had two or more previous DUIs, or the vehicle had an ignition interlock device.
What are the penalties for DUI in Arizona?>
The penalties for DUI
depend on a variety of circumstances. Even a first-offense standard DUI can have severe consequences. Arizona has mandatory jail time even for the least serious DUI and there are also large fines you will need to pay if convicted. Other penalties include license suspension, installation of an ignition interlock device
in your vehicle, and community service.
How does having a DUI affect you in the long term?
A DUI record
can make it harder to find a job and/or housing. It also results in an increase to your insurance rates and it can be difficult to find a company that insures drivers with DUI convictions. Even your travel plans can be affected by a DUI, as there are some countries that restrict travel from those with a DUI record.
Is it worth it to get a lawyer for DUI?
Some individuals think they can represent themselves in court for a DUI, but this is not usually recommended. These cases are complicated and it's important to have an experienced legal professional on your side. A DUI lawyer can help answer your questions, establish a strong defense, and fight for the best possible outcome.
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If you are being charged with drunk driving, our team can help.
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