If you are facing a DUI charge, you should be aware that the penalties in the event you are convicted will be life-altering. A conviction can affect your present job and future employment possibilities. How will you get to work, keep appointments, drive children and family members to school and other activities, go shopping, etc.? And what about the serious financial ramifications of fines and insurance surcharges? Finally, you may also be subject you to jail time, which would completely turn your life upside down.
What is DUI in Arizona?
The offense of DUI includes driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle:
- While under the influence of liquor or any drug, or a combination of the two, if you are impaired to the slightest degree; or
- If you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more (0.04 in the case of commercial drivers); or
- While there is any drug (as defined in the statute) in your system.
Simple DUI, without more, is a class 1 misdemeanor, but there are numerous situations that can affect the severity of the charge against you, and the potential penalties if you are convicted. You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to answer any specific questions.
Do I Need A Phoenix DUI Attorney?
If you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, there are certain fundamental aspects of the process that you should understand. While every case is to some extent unique, remember that you are not required to speak to police officers or other law enforcement personnel. Nor are you required to consent to field sobriety tests. The question of whether to refuse a chemical test involves factors that go to the issue of probable cause, and that again is something that must be viewed on a case by case basis. However, if officers do have probable cause, and you refuse a chemical test, you are subject to what is known as an “implied consent” suspension or a suspension of your driving privilege for one year. During that year, you may be eligible for a restricted permit with breathalyzer for all but 45 days.
The most important thing you can do, however, if you are facing a DUI charge, is to contact an experienced lawyer. At the Law Offices of David A. Black, we represent clients charged with all types of DUI offenses on a regular basis. We understand the law, our experience in the area is significant, and as a former prosecutor, Mr. Black is uniquely situated to analyze the prosecutor’s case and to find weaknesses that he can exploit for the benefit of his clients.
Contact the DUI lawyer who has provided expert assistance to so many people charged with drunk and drugged driving. Help is only a phone call away. Call our office today at (480) 280-8028 for a free, confidential consultation regarding your case.February 21, 2013