You didn't mean for it to happen. One-or-two drinks turned into one-too-many, and suddenly you find yourself on the side of the road with an officer shining a light on you as you perform a sobriety test. You wish you hadn't gotten into the car, and now you may have to deal with the consequences of a DUI arrest. But should you deal with it alone?
Hiring a Phoenix DUI attorney to represent you can be pricey, but facing the full consequences of a DUI conviction can be even more severe. Here are a few things to consider when you've been arrested for a DUI:
The penalties of a DUI conviction are serious, especially in Arizona which is known for its tough DUI laws. Penalties range from jail time, losing your license, and/or expensive fines. Not to mention the fact that it could haunt future career prospects. In addition, added factors such as injured third parties, your status as a repeat offender, or the level of your blood-alcohol content can increase the harshness of the penalty.
Importantly, good Phoenix DUI attorneys may also be able to challenge certain aspects of your DUI charge based on their specialized knowledge of Breathalyzers, blood tests, and chemical testing procedures.
Some other ways a DUI attorney may be able to help is by reducing or eliminating jail time, eliminating a revoked license, reducing your DUI charge to a lesser offense, and/or avoiding trial with a plea bargain.
The DUI process can be very confusing and complex, even for those who may be practicing criminal attorneys. The combination of specialized knowledge and experience fighting DUI charges may be just the help you need given the circumstances of your DUI arrest. At the very least, you can consult with a Phoenix DUI attorney on their qualifications, how they can assist you with your case, and an estimate of the cost involved before deciding to hire one.
- Find a Phoenix DUI Attorney (FindLaw)
- Arizona DUI Laws (FindLaw)
- New AZ DUI Laws: Offenders Can Work, But Lose Right to Jury (The Phoenix DUI Blog)
- New Bill May Ease Arizona's Tough DUI Laws (FindLaw's KnowledgeBase)