If you have just been arrested for your first DUI, you are not alone. In recent years, over 20,000 people in Arizona were arrested for driving under the influence. Arizona DUI laws are some of the toughest in the country, so you are likely worried about the penalties you may suffer. Drunk driving is a serious offense. We understand and we don’t want one mistake to ruin your life. Our DUI lawyers are here to help you through this difficult time. Our law firm will help ensure that you receive the minimum penalties possible so that you can get on with your life.
In order to make the process of fighting your charge as smooth as possible, there are several steps you should take:
There are multiple types of DUI/DWI offenses, and each one requires a unique approach. The type is mainly dependent on your blood alcohol content (BAC). Even if it is your first offense, driving while intoxicated can have more severe consequences if your BAC is higher. The following are the three basic categories:
Standard: If you drive with a BAC over 0.08.
Extreme: If you drive with a BAC over 0.15.
Super Extreme: If you drive with a BAC over 0.20.
Aside from these categories, you may be charged with an aggravated DUI if you were driving with a suspended license or with a person under the age of 15 in your car. A first-offense standard DUI is a misdemeanor, whereas an aggravated or extreme DWI is a felony offense.
Our defense attorneys are experienced and ready to fight for you, but you can help them in this goal by keeping your documents well-organized. Make sure to keep any documentation you received during your arrest, including court summons or arrest records. Once you hire your criminal defense attorney, they will use the details in these documents to fight for you.
Another key step is to create documents that display your side of the story. As soon after your arrest as possible, write out everything you can remember about being stopped and detained. Even if a detail seems insignificant, it may be helpful for your case. Our criminal defense lawyers will also assist you along the way to determine which documents you should have for your case.
You simply cannot fight a DUI charge on your own. Since Arizona laws are so strict, jail time is mandatory if the courts convict you, as are expensive fines. You could also lose your driver license, which will severely impact your daily life. If you don’t want to face these massive consequences, you need a DUI lawyer. We know the ins and outs of defending you against harsh DUI penalties.
Operating a motorized vehicle while under the influence is never a good decision, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer unnecessarily for it. Our law offices will give you all the information you need to fight your DUI charge. You don’t need to go through this process alone, and from the second you are arrested you should be in contact with us so we can get you the most lenient possible penalties.