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March 2013 Archives

Aggravated DUI in Arizona: Don't Make Your DUI Even Worse

If you're convicted of a DUI, you're facing some steep penalties. But if you aggravate that DUI, you're facing even more penalties.

Under Arizona's DUI laws, it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. But that's just a simple DUI.

In Arizona, a driver can be charged with aggravated DUI -- a felony charge -- if he or she:

How to Choose the Best DUI Attorney for You

We've previously written about whether you need a Phoenix DUI attorney if you want to plead guilty to drunken driving. But how do you choose the best DUI attorney for you?

There are literally thousands of DUI attorneys to choose from. And by reading their websites, they may all seem equally qualified.

But we've all read horror stories of people who choose the wrong DUI attorney. These people may have wasted time and money, and possibly even lost their freedom because of poor representation. To prevent that from happening to you, here are some tips on how to choose the best DUI attorney:

5 Things to Know About Ignition Interlock in Arizona

If you have been convicted of drunken driving in Arizona, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car. This is true even for a first-time DUI conviction.

An ignition interlock device is basically a breath analyzing device that's installed directly into the dashboard of your vehicle. Before the vehicle is started, you will be asked to blow into the device. If the device detects alcohol on your breath, the vehicle will not start.

Even after successfully starting your vehicle, you will be asked to blow into the device at random times to ensure your sobriety.

If You Plead Guilty to a DUI, Do You Need a Lawyer?

Let's get one thing straight right off the bat: You don't have to plead guilty to a DUI. But if you know you're going to enter a plea, should you bother hiring a lawyer?

Well, how will you know whether pleading guilty is a good choice? It depends on a lot of factors such as the evidence, the charges, and your past record. And what charge should you plead to?

Any guesses on who can help you analyze that information?

If you a guessed a lawyer, you've probably been reading this blog for a while. But just in case you're not convinced, we've got three things that prove it.