Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

DUI is one of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in the State of Arizona, if not the most. The nature of the charge(s) and exposure to penalties under state statute vary in a DUI case depending on a number of factors including but not limited to the manner in which the individual was actually operating a vehicle (driving versus being in actual physical control), the individual’s blood alcohol level as reflected in breath or blood samples collected from the individual following his or her contact with police, and the presence of drugs in the individual’s system at the time of the alleged offense.

Governed under A.R.S. § 28-1381 through A.R.S. § 28-1384, the penalties imposed for a conviction for DUI can range from 1 day to several months in jail or longer, suspension or revocation of an individual’s driver’s license, a minimum six (6) month period for the individual’s vehicle to be equipped with an interlock ignition device, several thousands of dollars in fines, alcohol counseling, attendance and completion of a MADD victim impact panel class, and probation depending on the blood alcohol level, prior convictions of the individual arrested, as well as other aggravating factors, including but not limited to an accident victim(s) in the matter.

Competent defense is essential DUI matter. Often times, there may be facts in the DUI investigation itself that undermine the legality of the stop by the police, that reflect the absence of probable cause to have arrested the individual for DUI, as well as errors or omissions by police in the collection of a blood or breath sample from the individual which can provide a basis for an evidentiary hearing held before trial and in which evidence may be sought to be suppressed if these findings are proven to the satisfaction of the court.

 

If you or someone who know is facing Arizona DUI charges, contact us today at (520) 495-0869 or email info@reallawtucson.com.