APACHE JUNCTION DUI & CRIMINAL LAWYER
Former Police Officer and Prosecutor
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EXPERIENCED DUI DEFENSE
Although Apache Junction is considered a smaller city in comparison to surrounding communities, it attracts many visitors each year who spend time at the lakes, hike various desert trails and patronize western themed bars and restaurants. Consequently, police and sheriffs officers takes a very aggressive approach in patrolling the area and looking for drivers who may be impaired by drugs or alcohol.
If you are stopped for a suspected motor vehicle violation in Apache Junction and investigated for DUI, there are a number of items officers will be looking for. Aside from erratic driving, police will be examining your physical appearance for signs of alcohol consumption. Some common symptoms police look for are:
- an odor of alcohol
- bloodshot and watery eyes
- slurred speech
- flushed face
Police will then question you about alcohol consumed prior to driving and then determine whether you're impaired to drive by administering standard field sobriety tests. There are three tests which have been the focus of studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These include:
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus
- The Walk and Turn Test
- The One Leg Stand Test
other commonly utilized field sobriety tests are the Finger to Nose, Finger Count and Rhomberg Modified.
Once you've been arrested for DUI in Apache Junction, police will request sample of your blood to be tested for alcohol or drug content and you will likely be served with an Order suspending your drivers license.
Unfortunately, a DUI charge in Apache Junction will place you at risk of significant penalties. A DUI conviction can result in:
- Up to five years probation
- Between one day and six months jail
- Alcohol education classes
- Up to $5,000 in fines and fees
- A suspension of your drivers license
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
Prosecutors in Apache Juction take DUI cases very seriously and take an aggressive approach to individuals charged with:
Of course, an experienced DUI Defense Lawyer can be invaluable in helping you to have charges reduced, the case dismissed or achieve the most favorable result possible. Many defense must be investigated and evaluated such as:
1. Lack of Driving or Actual Physical Control
2. No Reasonable Suspicion to Stop
3. No Probable Cause to Arrest
4. Improperly Administered Field Sobriety Tests (FST's)
5. Denial of the Right to Counsel
6. Violation of Miranda Warnings
7. Inaccuracy of the Breath Testing Device
8. Portable Breath Testing Devices (PBT)
9. Intoxilyzer Results
10. Retrograde Extrapolation
11. Deficiencies in Blood Alcohol Testing & Issues in Blood Cases
12. Denial of Independent Test
This is accomplished through a thorough review of discovery such as police reports, body camera videos, breath and blood testing records as well as interviewing potential witnesses, consulting with experts and researching relevant legal issues.
I have represented thousands of people charged with DUI in Apache Junction and surrounding cities during the last twenty years and have achieved very favorable results.
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Apache Junction Criminal Defense
Undoubtedly, a criminal charge in Apache Junction could have long-lasting and negative effects on your future. Aside from the potential for probation, jail and huge fines and fees, a conviction will leave a permanent mark on your record and could result in the loss of a fingerprint clearance card, revocation of a professional license and make it difficult for you to find housing or secure employment. I have represented people charged with various offenses in Apache Junction and throughout Pinal and Maricopa Counties including:
as well as other misdemeanor crimes. Often, I am able to assist clients in avoiding a conviction or substantially reducing any penalties they would have otherwise faced.