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Have you been arrested for suspicion of DUI in Phoenix? Arizona is widely known for having the toughest DUI penalties in the United States. Even if you have never been convicted of DUI before, you may spend up to 10 days in jail without the help of an experienced attorney. The importance of hiring a Phoenix DUI Defense Lawyer cannot be understated. A conviction for driving under the influence can have wide ranging ramifications for you and your family, career and driving privileges, even years down the road. Continue reading and watch the important videos below about DUI defense in Arizona.

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Why You Need an Experienced DUI Attorney in Phoenix

If a police officer stops you in Phoenix for suspected impaired driving and your breath test registers above the legal limit of 0.08 for alcohol intoxication, you can be taken into custody. If you are charged with a misdemeanor DUI based upon this incident, you will be scheduled to appear before a judge in the Phoenix Municipal Court. This court oversees cases ranging from traffic offenses to misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a fine ranging from $250 to $2,500.

Prior to going to court, you need to meet with a criminal attorney who can take you step-by-step through the court process and guide you through what can be expected at sentencing. Not only does Arizona law require jail time for first-time DUI offenders, the law also requires a 90-day suspension of a person’s driver’s license and the payment of $1,800 in fines plus jail costs. The law further requires defendants to have an ignition interlock device installed within their personal vehicle for one full year. Substance abuse counseling is also an option for the courts to apply to your sentence.

A DUI defense attorney whose practice and experience is with Arizona criminal law, including DUI, may be able to achieve dismissal of your charges, depending upon your past criminal record.

If you have been suspected of a DUI, alcohol, or other crime in Phoenix, give us a call on our 24 hour emergency DUI hotline at 602-307-0808, we can help!

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Your DUI Defense in Phoenix – Videos

There are a number of DUI defense strategies an expert attorney can employ to help you gain reduced or dismissed charges. If you do not have a criminal record and questions are raised over your arrest, your attorney may be able to work with the prosecutor to have the case dismissed. The type of DUI defense matters, when faced with prosecution in Phoenix Municipal Court.

Some DUI defense options include:

– No Reasonable Suspicion to Stop

Phoenix law enforcement officers cannot stop you based on sex, religion, gender, age or any other possible discriminatory basis. You cannot be pulled over because of how you look. Such a stop needs to be challenged in court.

– Arrest without Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has set standards for field sobriety tests that must be met through proper administration of the test. There are also standards for maintenance of test equipment. When these standards are not met, charges may qualify for dismissal through “no probable cause for arrest.” Charges can be dismissed if the arresting officer is found to have not had probable cause for your arrest.

– No Actual Physical Control of the Vehicle

Phoenix climate is notoriously hot. Just being in your car requires the engine running for powering of air conditioning. This can be a matter of survival. If you decide to sleep off alcohol in your running vehicle in a parking lot instead of endangering others by driving under the influence, you are not in actual physical control of the vehicle – watch the video below.

– Denial of Right to Counsel

If you request a lawyer after being detained for DUI in Phoenix, the police officer must provide you with a telephone as soon as reasonably possible. Cases are often dismissed when officers ignore this right.

– Blood or Breath Testing Equipment Inaccuracy

The Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) has established rules for breath testing device maintenance. Abnormalities reflected within maintenance records can indicate the device is out of calibration. This renders breath test results inadmissible in court.


Punishment for a Phoenix DUI Conviction

Arizona’s drinking and driving laws are the toughest in America. First time Arizona DUI conviction carries the following penalties:

Misdemeanor DUI/DWI (ARS 28-1381): 0.08 – 0.149 Blood Alcohol Content

  • 90 day driver’s license suspension
  • 10 days in jail
  • Alcohol screening and classes
  • One year installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Over $1500 in fines

Extreme DUI (ARS 28-1382): 0.15 – 0.199 Blood Alcohol Content

  • 90 day driver’s license suspension
  • 30 days in jail
  • Alcohol screening and classes
  • One year installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Over $2,700 in fines

Super Extreme DUI: 0.20+ Blood Alcohol Content

  • 90 day driver’s license suspension
  • 45 days in jail
  • Alcohol screening and classes
  • 18 month installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Over $3,200 in fines

First Offense Aggravated DUI (ARS 28-1383): Third DUI in seven years; DUI when license is suspended; DUI with a child under 15 years old in the car

  • Driver’s license revocation
  • Felony conviction
  • Minimum four months in prison, for a third DUI in seven years or a DUI with a suspended license
  • Alcohol screening and classes
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device

When you are convicted of a second or third DUI offense in seven years, the penalties are much more severe. Penalties for this conviction include a significant period of incarceration. For these cases, you need to call a DUI defense lawyer right away. Your future relies upon having the right lawyer on your side and at your defense.


Hire the Best Phoenix DUI Lawyer You Need to Fight Your Charges

Because of the high risk involved in DUI cases, it is to your advantage to hire a Phoenix DUI lawyer who not only knows the state law, but can fight to defend your rights in court. They will use the law to help you to reclaim your life. The entire team of the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor has years of experience in the Phoenix Municipal Court. We know the judges on the bench.

Although the average cost of a DUI lawyer varies based on experience, each of our lawyers use their experience to your best advantage to ensure best outcome in your case. The value you receive from an experienced and proven DUI lawyer like David Michael Cantor is hard to quantify, when it comes to personal freedom and your future.

If you would like to set-up a free consultation with a DUI defense Lawyer about your case, please call the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor at (602) 307-0808. You can call at any time 24 hours a day, seven days a week and speak with our attorneys and staff.

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