The City of Glendale, Arizona, located in the West Valley of Phoenix, offers its residents a plethora of local attractions, including NFL football games, the University of Phoenix Cardinals Stadium, quaint cafes and antique shops in Downtown Glendale, and a sprawling shopping zone with live music every weekend in the Westgate Entertainment District. There are also two community colleges nearby in northwest Phoenix and annual celebrations like the Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival and Glendale Chocolate Festival that fill the streets with even more traffic than the city’s 225,000 population would otherwise produce.
These kinds of local amenities, and weather that is warm all year long, help explain why Glendale has grown by leaps and bounds since as far back as 1940, but they also sometimes create a “party atmosphere” that puts police on high alert and makes a car stopped for a DUI in Glendale AZ a relatively common sight.
While there are many valid DUI arrests in Glendale, and in all of Maricopa County, police are also sometimes prone to be over-vigilant in response to the threat DUIs pose to public safety. They may stop someone without probable cause, wrongly administer field sobriety tests or make arrests, and interrogate someone without remembering to first read suspects their rights. At other times, though a DUI charge may be valid, aggressive prosecutors may exaggerate the circumstances of the case in order to convict you on a much higher sentence than is right or than is typical in similar cases. The fact is that, without the best Glendale DUI lawyer fighting on your side, you may likely be “a siting duck” at your DUI hearing. An experienced, local Glendale DUI attorney, however, may well be able to get your charges dismissed or your sentence reduced.
What defines a Glendale DUI?
Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating drugs is defined in the State of Arizona as a DUI if the driver’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) is found to be at .08 percent or higher, or the person is impaired to the slightest degree. Any DUI is a serious matter, however, Arizona law also distinguishes different “levels” of DUIs and assigns varying punishments to each level.
Impaired Driving DUIs
Interestingly and somewhat surprising, it is possible to be convicted of a DUI despite the fact that your BAC was less than .08 percent. This is called an “impaired driving DUI,” and the rationale behind it is that, if alcohol or any drug (prescription or otherwise) is impairing your ability to drive safely, you are endangering others on the road.
Misdemeanor DUIs (ARS 28-1381)
While not as severe as a felony DUI, a misdemeanor DUI is still a very serious matter. It creates a criminal record and has significant punishments that can affect you for quite some time. DUIs are typically charges as a misdemeanor unless you have two prior DUIs in the last seven years, your license was suspended because of a prior DUI or you have a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle when stopped for the DUI.
The punishment for a Misdemeanor DUI / Regular DUI in Glendale can include:
- A fine of at least $1,250
- A mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail – 9 days possibly be suspended upon completion of alcohol counseling for a first time offense
- A minimum 90-day license suspension
- Alcohol rehabilitation at your expense
- Required to install an IID (Ignition Interlock Device) on any vehicle you operate.
Extreme DUI Glendale (ARS 28-1382)
When your BAC is at least .15 percent, you can be charged with an “Extreme DUI.” If it reaches to .20, a “Super Extreme DUI” can be filed against you. A higher BAC will bring with it stricter sentencing.
Felony or “Aggravated” DUIs (ARS 28-1383)
There are a number of possible reasons why a DUI would be counted as “aggravated” and charged as a felony. The most common reasons, aside from an accident with injury which is covered separately just below, are:
- You already have two or more prior DUI convictions on your record
- Your DUI was committed while driving on a suspended license
- A child under age of fifteen was in the vehicle at the time you were stopped for the DUI
* An aggravated, felony DUI will bring significantly more severe penalties than a misdemeanor DUI, so it is well worth hiring a skilled lawyer to try to fight for a lower-level charge even when a conviction cannot be totally avoided.
DUI with Injury
If you got into an accident while DUI and someone was injured, even if you were not the at-fault party in the accident, the DUI consequences are significantly increased. Typically in these cases, you will be charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ARS 13-1204) which, if convicted, requires a minimum of 5 years in the Department of Corrections.
Waste no time in securing a Glendale DUI Lawyer
Since the results of a DUI conviction can be so severe and affect every area of your life, including job, finances, family life, and educational opportunities, you should not delay to find an expert Glendale DUI attorney as soon as possible. We at DM Cantor specialize in Glendale Arizona DUI defense, have long experience in this field of law, and know how to find the best legal strategy to use in your case. Contact Us Today, and we will fight tenaciously to secure for you the best possible outcome.
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