Prescott DUI Lawyers
Fighting for the Accused in Prescott, Gilbert, Yavapai, & Maricopa Counties
If you’ve been arrested or charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you are likely experiencing a substantial worry about the future. Will you lose your license? Will you go to jail? What will it mean if you have a conviction on your record?
These are common concerns. Speaking to an attorney from Signature Law Group can reduce your stress and help you focus on solving the problem. Driving under the influence is a mistake that nearly anyone could make. You should know that you likely have more options to resolve your charges than you realize. Our firm can thoroughly investigate all of the facts and circumstances of your case to determine what those options may be and how to best pursue an optimum result.
Will Your License Get Suspended?
If this is your first DUI, you are facing a license suspension of 90 days. It is possible in some cases to avoid this. You will need to be found not guilty in criminal court and successfully argue your case in a separate administrative hearing before the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department. If you lose either case, your license will be suspended.
Our attorneys can represent you in both proceedings and will vigorously advocate on your behalf to keep your driving privileges intact.
Contesting the Charges
Our Prescott DUI attorney is a former prosecutor who now uses that knowledge and experience to defend clients facing criminal charges. He understands that even when the evidence seems irrefutable, reasons can be found to put your guilt in doubt.
Here are just some of the defense options you may have:
- You can argue that the officer did not have a valid reason to pull you over (lack of reasonable suspicion).
- The officer did not administer tests correctly or gave unclear instructions.
- The testing equipment (breathalyzer) needed service and calibration and therefore gave an inaccurate result.
- You have medical issues that could have skewed both the results of field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test.
The specific defense options you have will depend on the details of your arrest. Putting a skilled attorney on your defense means that we know what to look for, how to analyze evidence, and how convincingly argue your case in court. Moreover, our attorneys can help you explore prosecution and sentencing alternatives if contesting the charges seems to be untenable.
Do I Need a Lawyer For A DUI?
While you are not legally required to have a lawyer for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) case, it is strongly recommended to seek legal representation if you are charged with a DUI. Here are some key reasons why having a lawyer for a DUI is highly advisable:
- Legal Expertise: DUI laws are complex and vary from state to state. A knowledgeable attorney with expertise in DUI cases can help you understand the specific laws and regulations in your jurisdiction.
- Defense Strategy: A skilled attorney can develop a strong defense strategy tailored to the unique circumstances of your case. They will assess the evidence against you, review police procedures, and identify potential weaknesses in the prosecution's case.
- Negotiation Skills: Attorneys can negotiate with the prosecution to potentially have charges reduced or seek a more favorable outcome, such as a plea agreement or alternative sentencing options.
- Trial Representation: If your case goes to trial, an attorney will represent you in court, cross-examine witnesses, present evidence, and make legal arguments on your behalf. Their courtroom experience is invaluable in seeking an acquittal.
- Mitigation and Sentencing: In the event of a conviction, an attorney can advocate for a fair and just sentence, potentially minimizing the penalties, fines, and other consequences you may face.
- Understanding Legal Procedures: Lawyers are familiar with legal procedures and deadlines. They can ensure that all necessary paperwork is filed correctly and submitted within the required time frames.
- License Suspension: DUI convictions often result in driver's license suspension. An attorney can help you navigate the administrative and legal processes to minimize the impact on your driving privileges.
- Knowledge of Local Courts: Local attorneys are familiar with the specific judges, prosecutors, and court practices in your area, which can be advantageous in building your defense.
- Legal Rights Protection: An attorney can help protect your rights throughout the legal process and ensure that law enforcement and the prosecution adhere to proper procedures.
- Reduce Stress: Facing a DUI charge can be stressful and overwhelming. Having an attorney by your side can provide you with peace of mind and guidance through the legal system.
It's important to consult with an experienced DUI defense attorney who specializes in the laws and procedures of your specific jurisdiction. They can provide tailored advice based on your situation and help you make informed decisions about how to handle your case. Keep in mind that a DUI conviction can have serious and long-lasting consequences, so it's crucial to seek legal assistance to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome.
Arizona DUI Penalties
Arizona applies the following criminal penalties for a first-offense DUI. These charges are generally based on having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher or being impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
- Jail time of 24 hours to 10 days
- A base fine of $250 that can include fees that total up to $2,500
- Alcohol screening, education, and/or treatment
- Community service hours
- A required ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle
Second and subsequent DUIs will result in stiffer penalties. A first-offense DUI can result in a misdemeanor conviction giving you a permanent criminal record that can hamper your ability to retain or secure employment, qualify for housing, professional licenses, or advanced educational opportunities, or lead to immigration consequences for noncitizens.
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