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Defending against charges of substance-impaired driving – Peoria DUI Attorneys.
When you see the flashing red lights in your review mirror after a night of drinking, a sense of panic and fear about the future is natural. An Arizona DUI conviction can have a devastating impact on your life. In the short-term, you may face jail or prison time, enormous costs, a criminal record, and other formal DUI penalties. While these immediate consequences are bad, the long-term impact of a DUI conviction can adversely affect you in fundamental ways.
Fortunately, the news is not all bad because a DUI arrest does not mean that a conviction for driving under the influence is unavoidable. Peoria DUI Attorneys, Ariano & Associates, PLLC have successfully represented many people throughout Maricopa County and the surrounding areas of Arizona in avoiding the harsh consequences of a DUI conviction. At our Peoria criminal defense law firm, we do not take a DUI case so that we can look for a way to “plead it out.” We look for the best strategies for presenting a tenacious defense.
We know that building the strongest possible legal and factual positions based on careful investigation of the facts and thorough knowledge of the law creates the best opportunity for our clients to obtain a positive outcome. While many DUI cases end in a plea bargain that prevents the stigma and penalties associated with a DUI conviction, we believe the best way to obtain such a plea bargain is to aggressively prepare a case for trial.
Many people are confused by what constitutes a DUI offense, so we have provided an overview of the different types of DUI under Arizona law: (1) driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher; (2) driving while your mental or physical capacity to drive is impaired by alcohol; (3) and operating a motor vehicle with certain types of drugs in your blood.
BAC of .08 Percent or Higher: This form of DUI is strictly tied to BAC testing results, which usually will be determined based on breath testing, but sometimes blood testing is used. A BAC of .08 percent essentially means that for every thousand drops of blood you have eight drops of alcohol in your system. This form of DUI has nothing to do with your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Even if your driving and/or performance of field sobriety tests is flawless, you potentially face being charged with DUI if your BAC level is above the legal threshold.
Drug or Alcohol Impaired Driving: While the type of DUI described above has nothing to do with your driving or ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, this form of DUI has everything to do with driving ability. If you ingest any drug or alcohol or a combination of both that compromises your mental or physical driving ability, you may be charged. If you do not test over the legal limit of .08 BAC or refuse to submit to BAC chemical testing, you will be charged with this type of DUI. An officer’s observations of you while driving, as well as during the stop, including the performance of field sobriety tests, will be key evidence where there is no BAC test showing you are over the legal limit.
DUI Drugs: Arizona effectively applies a zero tolerance policy for driving after consuming or ingesting any drug (legal or illegal) that impairs your ability to drive. The prosecutor neither has to prove that the amount of the substance in your blood was over any specific threshold nor that you were driving erratically. If you test positive for such a substance, you will be charged with DUI Drugs, usually via a urine test but sometimes a blood test.
Even if you have no prior DUI convictions, Arizona imposes mandatory jail time for a first offense DUI conviction. We see many successful well-respected clients in our office who have never so much as received a speeding ticket. It can be a shock to learn you will be required to spend at least 24 hours in jail even though you have a spotless record. We know that our clients have no interest in spending even one night in jail, so we, Peoria DUI Attorneys work diligently to provide the most aggressive defense to keep our clients from suffering the undesirable effects of a DUI conviction.
Arizona Extreme DUI and Super Extreme DUI Charges
Arizona imposes enhanced penalties for aggravated forms of DUI involving high BAC levels. If you are arrested for DUI with a BAC level of .15 percent or higher, you will face a mandatory jail term for a first-offense of thirty days in jail along with minimum fines and surcharges up to $2,500 (excluding the costs of incarceration). Motorists convicted of Extreme DUI also will have their driving privileges suspended for a minimum of ninety (90) days along with required installation and use of an ignition interlock device (IID) for one year. Conviction of Extreme DUI also might result in a period of alcohol monitoring based on the discretion of the judge.
Drivers can be convicted of Arizona Super Extreme DUI if they have a BAC level of .20 percent or higher. The penalties for a first offense of this aggravated form of DUI include:
- Minimum 45-day jail term
- Minimum jail costs of $3,750 and fines of $3,244
- $50 for substance abuse screening
- $585 for 36 mandatory alcohol abuse classes
- Driver’s license suspension of at least ninety (90) days
- Mandatory minimum installation and use of an IID for 18 months (Cost of $1,500-1,800)
Our Peoria DUI attorneys at Ariano & Associates, PLLC have helped many people just like you protect their driver’s license and stay out of jail. If you are facing charges for DUI in Maricopa County or elsewhere in the nearby vicinity of Arizona, you should decline to speak to the police officer and contact our accomplished DUI team at (602) 666-0050 to schedule a free consultation or feel free to email us.