A first time DUI charge can be life changing. I tell my clients that after the death penalty, DUI seem to be the most litigated area of criminals law. Why? Because DUI cuts across all racial, geographical, and socio-economic barriers.
DUIs don't have a target audience. I've represented DUI clients with millions of dollars and those with just the shirt on their back. Regardless of where someone falls, here are seven potential consequences to think about when thinking about hiring an attorney:
Criminal record: A DUI conviction in Arizona will result in a criminal record that could affect employment, housing, and other opportunities.
Jail time and fines: The penalties for a DUI conviction in Arizona include jail time and fines, which can vary depending on the circumstances of the offense.
Driver's license suspension: A DUI conviction can result in the suspension of the offender's driver's license for a period of time.
Ignition interlock device: In Arizona, a DUI conviction may require the installation of an ignition interlock device in the offender's vehicle, which requires a breath sample to start the car.
Increased insurance rates: A DUI conviction can result in significantly increased car insurance rates.
Employment consequences: A DUI conviction can have employment consequences, especially for those whose jobs involve driving or require a security clearance.
Personal and social consequences: A DUI conviction can have personal and social consequences, including strain on personal relationships, difficulty obtaining credit or loans, and embarrassment.
Whenever I have a consult with a potential DUI client, I always find that they get more out of it when they've thought of questions beforehand. So before you go to an attorney, think about the above 7 areas and develop a set of questions to ask.
If you've been charged with a DUI and want to talk about these 7 areas, give us a call and schedule your consultation with an experienced DUI attorney.