Every holiday season, police departments in Phoenix and the greater East Valley organize a task force aimed at locating, investigating and arresting drivers who may be impaired by drugs or alcohol. Consequently, people must take immediate action to protect their driving privileges and prepare for court once the new year approaches. Aside from potentially harsh penalties, a DUI arrest can have severe consequences upon your ability to drive, maintain employment and support your household.
You Must Take Action to Protect Your Drivers License
Whether you agreed to chemical testing or refused to provide a blood or breath sample following an arrest for DUI, it is likely that a suspension of your Arizona driving privileges is looming. If police confiscated your license and issued an Admin Per Se or Implied Consent Notice to you, there is a very short window in which you must take action to avoid an immediate suspension. Failure to properly request a hearing concerning your driving privileges with the Arizona Division of Motor Vehicles in a timely manner can result in your license being suspended for anywhere between ninety days and two years, depending on your history.
DUI Convictions Carry Harsh Penalties
Undoubtedly, Arizona imposes some of the harshest punishments upon individuals who have been convicted of DUI. There are a number of DUI charges for which you can be prosecuted depending upon the facts of your case. You might notice that the citation you received includes several charges related to DUI arising from the results of your blood, breath or urine test.
Potential DUI charges include:
- Driving While Impaired By Drugs or Alcohol
- Driving Above the Legal Limit of .08%
- Extreme DUI
- Super Extreme DUI
- Aggravated DUI
Unfortunately, any conviction resulting from a DUI charge will include a mandatory jail term, a suspension of your drivers license, huge fines and fees, required substance abuse screening and classes and the placement of an ignition interlock device in your car. Moreover, conviction for a felony DUI offense will require a term of imprisonment.
DUI Charges Can Be Defended
Although the ramifications of a DUI charge are serious, you should contact an experienced DUI lawyer to help you obtain the most favorable result possible. There are a number of defenses which can be used during plea negotiations or at trial. Some potential defenses include:
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
Call (480) 833-8613 For Help With Your DUI Case
Undoubtedly, a DUI conviction will result in very severe penalties. If you are charged with DUI in any city within the greater Phoenix area, you should immediately consult with an experienced DUI lawyer for assistance. Attorney Raymond Kimble is a former police officer, DUI and felony prosecutor and has represented thousands of people charged with DUI in Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Phoenix and other cities throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties over the last twenty years. Ray Kimble will have a clear understanding of all the circumstances in your case, along with the knowledge, skill and experience to protect your drivers license and achieve the best possible outcome for you.