At Reque Law Firm, PLLC, we obtain many clients who are facing the fearful situation of being charged with DUI. First time offenders are often especially nervous about the process because of the unfamiliar territory. Multiple DUI offenders, however, are often facing a harsher circumstance and need the same level of guidance. If charged for DUI, you can deal with the penalties inflicted from the courts and the Arizona Department of Transportation (DOT) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).
Arizona’s “no-tolerance” laws mean that you can be charged for driving under the influence even if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is less than 0.08%. Drivers under the age of 21 can lose their license if there is any level of alcohol concentration found when tested. With the state’s tough DUI laws, it is important to work with our DUI attorney serving Tempe & Scottsdale.
Refusing to submit to a chemical test or failing a test will result in the loss of your driving privileges for 12 months or 24 months, depending on how many DUI charges you have had in the past 84 months. Prior to reobtaining your driving privilege, you will need to complete an alcohol or drug screening.
Losing your ability to drive, however, is not the only penalty you will face if found guilty of DUI. For a first offense, you can face the following:
Penalties increase when an alleged offender has prior DUI convictions or aggravated circumstances are attached to the crime. An aggravated DUI is considered a felony and the penalty may include incarceration at the Department of Corrections. Overall, the specifics of your case and your past criminal background will determine the penalties that you face. For example, if you are convicted of a DUI with drugs, rather than alcohol, your license would be revoked for an entire year.
Also, an Arizona DUI is nearly always charged 2 different ways:
Each are considered misdemeanors and regular DUIs, but they are alternate ways in which a person can be convicted in Arizona.
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, we encourage you to take the first step and contact our dedicated firm today! We can help you defeat the penalties you face.