Arizona is known for having some of the harshest DUI laws in the county. This is because Arizona is a no-tolerance state for DUIs, meaning a person can be arrested for driving with a blood alcohol content higher than the legal limit of 0.08 percent. There are several types of DUIs, each taking into account your BAC and other factors, like whether you were driving on a suspended license at the time you were arrested. The more serious the DUI charge, the more time you could spend in jail.
Although most DUIs are misdemeanors, Arizona law requires that every person convicted of a DUI serve at least one day in jail. However, hiring a Phoenix DUI attorney can increase your chances of reducing that jail time to something more manageable like Continuous Alcohol Monitoring, House Arrest, or even suspending a portion of your jail sentence.
Depending on the specific facts of your case, it may be possible for a DUI attorney to negotiate a dismissal of your DUI charges in exchange for a reckless driving conviction, or get the DUI case dismissed all together. It may come as a surprise to many, but DUI is a highly specialized area of the law. Your best chance at success is to hire a top Phoenix DUI attorney who as the experience, knowledge, and skill to prepare the best defense possible.
An experienced Arizona DUI attorney will review your case for legal or factual errors, and use those errors to prepare a defense. Moreover, the DUI attorney can have your blood sample independently analyzed, look for suppression issues, review calibration records for the breath test machines, identify the right expert witnesses for your trial, and assist with any driver’s license issues you’re having with MVD.
The DUI Attorneys at the Lerner and Rowe Law Group have a strong record of winning DUI Cases. Our team has handled thousands of DUI cases all across the state of Arizona, and we dedicate ourselves to providing our clients with quality client service and the professional legal representation they deserve.
Types of Arizona DUI Offenses
In Arizona, there are strict laws against DUIs that may result in jail time, forfeiture of your driver’s license, fees, increased insurance expenses, community service time, suspension from school and possibly ignition interlock devices (IIDs). A DUI misdemeanor/felony charge falls under one of these categories:
The severity of the each charge depends on the number of previous offenses a person has been found guilty of and whether or not they are underage. First offense DUI and underage charges usually result in less severe misdemeanor charges and administrative license suspensions. More severe felony charges involve an intoxicated driver:
- who has two prior DUI convictions in any state in the past seven years;
- that is driving without a court ordered ignition interlock device in vehicle;
- that is driving with a suspended, revoked or restricted license;
- with a passenger younger than 15 years old.
Seven Reasons to Hire a Phoenix DUI Attorney
The best way to avoid a DUI or DWI charge is not to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, if you’re charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, one of the first things you will want to do is call a qualified Phoenix DUI Attorney. We even encourage you to call a DUI Attorney from your cell phone right at the scene if it is at all possible.
Why? Seeking out an attorney is a good move after a DUI arrest. Lerner and Rowe Law Group has experienced and highly qualified Phoenix DUI attorneys to assist you throughout the multiple steps of a DUI case.
An attorney also helps even the odds in and out of the courtroom by helping:
- prevent suspension of your driver’s license;
- ensure your rights are properly defended;
- fight for a reduction in mandatory jail time;
- fight termination of home confinement/detention due to malfunctioning equipment;
- negotiate reasonable time frames to pay fines and fees, perform community service and participate in alcohol counseling;
- negotiate reduction of time requirement for vehicle ignition interlock device in vehicle;
- look for mistakes in how the case is being prosecuted to go after reduced charges, or dismissal of charges all together when possible.
Lerner and Rowe Law Group DUI attorneys have represented clients accused of DUI crimes in cities throughout the state of Arizona, including: Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Arrowhead/Glendale, Scottsdale and Bullhead City.
Contact Lerner and Rowe Law Group’s DUI attorneys directly by calling 602-667-7777, or fill out the online form to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a DUI lawyer today. Our criminal defense law firm offers affordable and reasonable payment plans on a per client, per case basis.