Even good people make mistakes. Whether you have committed a crime for the first time or the fifth, you have guaranteed rights under the law. In fact, one of your guaranteed rights is a good Glendale criminal defense lawyers. Additionally, My AZ Lawyers has a team of criminal defense attorneys. A team who may be able to help you if you have been charged with a crime in Glendale, Arizona. Our attorneys are highly experienced both in and out of the courtroom. The team also have a history of representing defendants in a wide variety of cases. Whether you are facing charges for traffic violations or more serious crimes, one of our criminal defense attorneys may be able to help you.
Glendale and Peoria, Arizona Criminal Defense FAQS
A DUI is the charge you will receive when arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Arizona has the most severe DUI laws in the country. While most states require a BAC of .08 or more for a DUI charge, in Arizona, a police officer may use their discretion for a BAC of .04 or higher for a DUI arrest. DUI convictions also come with standard penalties like expensive fines, mandatory jail time, driver’s license suspension, and required use of an interlock device. A DUI can also have negative effects on your financial, professional, and social situations.
This is one of the results of Arizona’s extremely strict DUI laws. There are multiple levels of DUI you can be charged with, depending on what your BAC was at the time of arrest. Prosecution may charge you with multiple levels of DUI to improve the probability that they will be able to convict you of at least one of them. You would receive the sentencing for the harshest convicted level.
Field sobriety tests are relatively informal measures of intoxication. Police will conduct them as a preliminary test if they suspect you of drinking. A chemical test of your blood or urine is NOT a field sobriety test. You are allowed to decline taking a field sobriety test in Arizona without your license being automatically suspended. Common examples of field sobriety tests are walking in a straight line, standing on one foot, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus, or when a police officer examines your pupils while shining a light in your eyes.
BAC stands for Blood Alcohol Content, which measures someone’s level of intoxication after drinking. The legal limit for a DUI is typically .08 across the country, but laws vary by state. BAC levels can be measured using a breathalyzer or chemical tests like blood and urine.
An extreme DUI is a DUI charge for a BAC of .15-.19. A BAC of .20 or more will result in a Super Extreme DUI charge. The penalties increase for each level of DUI, and especially so for subsequent offenses.
For drivers with extreme and super extreme BAC levels, and drunk drivers under 21, their car may be impounded for up to 30 days. The maximum amount the storage facility can charge you for the impound is $15.00 per day. You will also have to pay administrative and towing fees. If you don’t pick up your vehicle within 10 days of when it becomes available, the impound storage facility may attempt to take over ownership of the vehicle by filing for an abandonment title.
This will all depend on the facts of your case and the prosecution procedures of the jurisdiction you are charged in. You will probably have a better chance of negotiating a plea deal if you are represented by a criminal defense attorney.
The penalties for second, third, etc., DUIs are much stricter than for a strict offense. For example, the minimum jail time increases from 1 day to 30 days for a second DUI. For a four DUI, that minimum increases to 4 months. These increases will be even steeper if you had a high BAC when arrested.
If you retain a criminal defense attorney, they may be able to appear on your behalf depending on the charges and the jurisdiction. If you refuse to take a chemical test, you will need to attend an administrative hearing at the DMV or else your license will be suspended for one year- you may also hire an attorney to represent you at this hearing.