Driving with more than the legally-accepted amount of alcohol in your system can result in a DUI charge. If you’ve been pulled over and arrested for drunk driving, it is imperative that you contact a lawyer with experience in DUI cases right away. The alcohol level that leads to a simple DUI charge in Arizona is .08%, and an extreme DUI case is .15%. Both of these charges can result in a fine and jail time.
DUI Tests and Penalties
In order to prove a DUI, one or more tests are usually administered within two hours of a DUI suspected being detained by the police. A blood test can be administered to measure your alcohol content, although a urine test will yield similarly acceptable results. Even though breathalyzers can be inaccurate at times, the prosecution can almost always present their results in court.
The severity of the penalty or crime charged depends on three key factors. If any of these criteria are met at the time of a DUI, it will result in a felony charge:
- First, if you operated the vehicle while intoxicated and had a suspended license at the same time, you will be charged with a felony.
- Second, if anyone in the vehicle was younger than 15 years of age, you will be charged with a felony.
- Third, if you are a repeat offender and the crime was your third within the previous 84 months, it will result in a felony charge.
- Fourth, it is a felony to operate a vehicle under the influence while under a court order requiring you to have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
If any of these circumstances match yours, you should hire a lawyer right away to avoid a potentially life-altering conviction.
Fighting Field Tests
You need a defense attorney the moment it becomes apparent that you may face a DUI charge. If you are pulled over and a law enforcement officer asks you to take a physical test to prove your sobriety, you should decline and request a private consultation with an attorney via phone. At that moment, you should call The Law Offices of David A. Black. Once you have discussed the matter with your attorney, you may chooses to consent to a field sobriety test. After you have agreed to submit to one, you should also request an independent test. Since the interpretation of field sobriety tests are left to the discretion of the officer administering them, it is important to obtain third-party results to verify the findings.
We can walk you through the process of defending yourself against a damaging DUI charge. Even if you feel that you are guilty and there is nothing that can be done to protect you, it is in your best interest to contact us for a free consultation. If there is room for your case to be dismissed or the potential for the charges to be reduced, we will advise you of that fact and assist you in turning things around. It can be a long and arduous process, but Mr. Black has the determination and dedication to defend you throughout the investigation. Do not go in front of a judge on your own. You may be asked to plea right away, and the wrong plea can have serious consequences.
For a free, confidential consultation, call (480) 280-8028 today.