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Can I be charged with DUI in Arizona even if I wasn’t cited at the scene?

In this short video David explains if you can be charged with DUI in Arizona if you weren’t cited:

Suppose you were stopped for suspected DUI and found to be over the limit by the police’s breath analysis or the mobile DUI processing van’s blood test, but the police officers did not cite you at the scene. Are you free and clear?

Not necessarily. In the state of Arizona, the police have up to one year from the date of the incident to charge you with misdemeanor DUI; most delayed charges are filed within four to six months. If you are suspected of felony DUI, the police have up to seven years to decide if they are going to file charges against you.

If you are allowed to leave the scene without being cited or charged, it’s important for you to hire an Arizona DUI Defense attorney as soon as possible. A defense attorney can work to prevent the charges from ever being filed against you. Once charges are filed, they will show in any criminal background check even if the charges are eventually dismissed. This can cause you difficulties in finding or keeping employment.

A DUI attorney in Arizona can help your case while it’s in the precharge stage by negotiating with the prosecutor. Even if your defense attorney is unable to convince the prosecutor to not file charges against you, he or she may be able to get the charge reduced to a lesser degree of DUI or something like reckless or aggressive driving, speeding, or other simple traffic violations.

If you are suspected of DUI but you have not yet been charged, please contact our office at (602) 307-0808 for a free initial consultation. Someone is available to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also contact us by email via our secure form. Don’t put it off. A DUI charge is serious business. The Arizona drunk driving attorneys of DM Cantor are experienced in the procedures of the Arizona legal system, and there is an excellent chance that we can help you before your DUI case negatively affects your life.

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