Tempe is a college town, home to Arizona State University, known for some of its nightlife spots like Mill Avenue, Tempe Marketplace, & Tempe Town Lake (outdoor concerts, beer and food festivals). Because of this, the Tempe Police are always vigilant and out looking for people they think might be breaking the law. If you have been ensnared in a Tempe DUI checkpoint, DUI task force, or simply pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence (DUI/DWI) you need to speak with a Tempe DUI Lawyer immediately.
The Tempe DUI laws are the same as the DUI laws that govern the state of Arizona. The punishment for DUI in Arizona is nationally recognized as some of the strictest in the country. David Michael Cantor is a Tempe Criminal Lawyer that specializes in DUI/DWI defense. David and his team have documented over 1,600 DUI victories in Arizona and they are ready to defend your Tempe DUI. We want to find out more about your DUI case, please give us a call at (602) 307-0808 for a Free Consultation.
Got a DUI, Do I Need to Hire a Tempe DUI Attorney?
Do you need to hire a Tempe DUI Attorney? Yes, if you are facing DUI charges in Arizona. The over arching reason to hire the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor as your DUI attorney is because we’re experienced professionals. We know the Arizona DUI laws inside and out. We also have many years of experience crafting DUI defenses that actually work. David and his team are consistently rated as some of the best DUI lawyers in the State of Arizona. We know where to look for police errors whether it is in the validity of the stop, or in administering the field sobriety tests. We also go the extra mile by hiring our own experts and interviewing all potential witnesses. How many other DUI defense lawyers will do that? Answer: Not very many.
Punishment for a Tempe DUI Conviction
The penalties and punishments for a DUI conviction in Arizona are very harsh. They are intended to be strict in hopes that it will prevent repeat offenders. Every DUI carries jail time and depending on the experience and skill of the DUI lawyer, you might be able to get the charges dismissed or reduced so you won’t have to spend a single night in jail. Here is the breakdown of the DUI penalties for a first offense DUI out of the City of Tempe. If you have a 2nd or 3rd offense DUI, click here for more information. If you are a minor and student at ASU or live in Tempe, and were cited for Underage DUI, click here for more information on those penalties.
Misdemeanor DUI/DWI (.08 – .149 BAC)
- 10 Days Jail, Driver’s License Suspension for 90 Days, Ignition Interlock Device Installed for 1 year, Alcohol Screening and Classes, Fines over $1,500
Extreme DUI (.15 – .199 BAC)
- 30 Days in Jail, Driver’s License Suspension for 90 days, Ignition Interlock Device for 1 year, Alcohol Screening and Classes, Fines over $2,700
Super Extreme DUI (.20+ BAC)
- 45 Days in Jail, Driver’s License Suspension for 90 days, Ignition Interlock Device Installed for 18 months, Alcohol Screening and Classes, Fees over $3,200
If you have two or more DUI convictions already on your record in the last seven (7) years or if you were driving on a suspended license, you face being charged with an Aggravated DUI. Likewise, if you had a child under the age of 15 in your car when cited for DUI, your Tempe DUI case will be charged out of the Superior Court as a felony.
First Offense Aggravated DUI (Third DUI in 7 Years, DUI with Suspended License, & a DUI with a child under 15 years old in the Car)
- Aggravated DUI = Felony = Loss of Civil Rights (Right to Vote & Bear Arms), 4 Months in Prison, Driver’s License Revoked, Ignition Interlock Device, Alcohol Assessment and Classes
How much is your freedom and life worth to you? It is important that you hire only the best attorneys that will mount a strong aggressive DUI defense. Our team of DUI defense attorneys can help you through the legal process with our years of experience in Tempe Municipal Court. Just look at the penalties for a DUI conviction, do you really want to have any one but the best on your case? Call us today for a Free Case Consultation. We have been extremely successful in defending cases out of the City of Tempe Court, here’s one of our documented wins:
(Tempe Municipal Court, Case No. 11-001664-2): City of Mesa Police Officer M. Slaughter pulled Mr. F over on New Year’s Eve for failing to drive in a single lane. The Mesa police officer was working a DUI Task Force in Tempe, AZ. The officer reported that he saw Mr. F drive outside of his own lane of travel on two separate occasions by two feet. A DUI investigation ensued and Mr. F was ultimately charged with Driving While Impaired to the slightest degree and Driving Under the Influence with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above.
Defense counsel filed a Pre-Trial Motion arguing the officer lacked reasonable suspicion to stop and investigate. At the Evidentiary Hearing, the officer, Mr. F, and a passenger travelling with Mr. F testified. The Court held on the testimony of the witnesses that even if the reported driving actually occurred, the officer did not have a reasonable suspicion to stop the truck pursuant to controlling Arizona Case Law (State v. Livingston, 206 Ariz. 145, 75 P.3d 1103, (App. 2003)).
The Court Granted Defendant’s Motion to Suppress the State’s Evidence, subsequently causing the City of Tempe to dismiss all of the DUI charges.
Tempe Municipal Court: Judge Details and Courtroom Instructions
David Michael Cantor has been licensed to practice criminal defense in Arizona for over 25 years and has tried many, many cases in front of the judges presiding over the Tempe Municipal Court. The current judges in the Tempe Municipal Court are Mary Jo Barsetti, Tom Robinson, and the presiding judge, MaryAnne Majestic. When going before any of the judges in Tempe, it is important to ‘dress for success’. So, don’t wear shorts or a hat. Always wear a collared shirt because by showing up to court dressed nicely shows that you respect the court and you’ll make a good first impression with the judge. David Michael Cantor has produced a short video where he explains what to expect at the Tempe Municipal Court and what to expect with the court judges:
Tempe Municipal Court
140 E 5th St
Tempe, AZ 85281
The court is located on 5th St, just east of Mill Avenue. A parking lot is located south of the courthouse and they will validate your parking inside the courthouse. And a word of warning, Tempe is quick to tow your car, so make sure you are parked in the lot or in a designated parking spot or you will be towed.
Hiring a Tempe DUI Defense Lawyer
If you found our website then you know there are many choices for criminal attorneys in Tempe, AZ. There are quite a few good drunk driving attorneys in Tempe, so if you’re looking for a DUI lawyer, how do you know if they are any good?
Here is a list of suggested questions to ask prospective attorneys: 1) What are their recent case victories? David Cantor and his staff have amassed over 1,600 DUI victories in Arizona. 2) How long have they been licensed to practice in Arizona? Together, the attorneys at the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor have over 100 years of legal experience. 3) Are they a Certified Criminal Law Specialist? David Michael Cantor has been licensed to practice criminal defense in Arizona for over 25 years and is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist per the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. The Law Offices of David Michael Cantor has also received the prestigious AV rating from the firm of Martindale-Hubbell. If you’re ready to talk to us, then we’re ready to help you with your case. You can call our offices at (602) 307-0808 or send us a confidential email to schedule a free consultation.