Bad things can happen to good people. If you face a charge of DUI in Arizona, you face some of the strictest criminal DUI penalties in the country. But remember, just because you were charged with a crime does not mean that you are guilty.
You have rights. A skilled Arizona DUI attorney at The Law Offices of Shawn B. Hamp can protect those rights because they know the system, and how to fight it. You need to act now to protect your license and your freedom.
What is a DUI?
A charge of driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious charge with serious consequences. If you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving, you can be arrested and charged. The legal limit for alcohol in the State of Arizona is:
- Any person who is 21 or older - 0.08% or higher
- Any person under the age of 21 - 0.001% or higher
- A commercial driver (CDL) - 0.04%
Besides these limits, Arizona also is a "zero tolerance" state, which means that you can be charged with a DUI even if you are below the legal limit. If the officer believes that you are intoxicated and that it affected your driving, you can still be charged.
Whether this is your first offense or a subsequent offense, you need a DUI defense attorney to fight for you.
What Are the Tests for DUI?
If you were pulled over, you likely faced the roadside breathalyzer test or one of many field sobriety tests. Both are known to be incredibly inaccurate. These inaccurate results could be the basis for your charge. The other chemical tests given by law enforcement include:
- Breath Testing (different from roadside breathalyzer)
- Urine Testing
- Blood Testing
An experienced DUI attorney can challenge the results of your tests to possibly reduce or even dismiss your charges.
Will I Lose My Driver's License?
As a result of your Arizona DUI, you face suspension of your driver's license. How long it is suspended depends on your offense. Your license could be suspended for a short time, for years, or permanently in certain cases.
You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device. This device requires you to blow into a tube which reads your blood alcohol content (BAC). If you have any amount of alcohol in your system your car will not start and the information is recorded for the court. You could face further punishment as a result.
What Penalties Do I Face?
Besides the possibility of a driver's license suspension, you face other penalties as well if convicted.
- Jail or Prison Time
- High Fines
- Community Service
- Civil Penalties
Without help, you could face the full force of Arizona's strict DUI laws. With one of our skilled attorneys on your side, you can minimize the consequences you have to face.
Protect Your Rights - Consult a DUI Attorney
It is crucial that you move quickly to protect your constitutional rights. The attorneys at the law offices of Shawn B. Hamp have the years of experience needed to fight for your rights.
We serve clients in Mohave, Yavapai, La Paz, and Coconino Counties, including the communities of Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, Parker, Prescott, Williams and Flagstaff, Arizona. Contact us today for a free consultation.