Arizona DUI (or DWI) cases are different than other criminal cases. DUI laws are in Title 28 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, which pertains to Transportation in general.
DUI offenses are not listed in the Arizona criminal code. But they are still criminal in nature. In Flagstaff, Prescott, Verde Valley, and across northern Arizona, the punishments can be severe. If your very first DUI is with a 0.15% BAC, if you’re convicted you’ll go to jail for at least 30 consecutive days.
So if you spent 24 hours in jail on the DUI charge (to sober up in the “drunk tank”), you won’t serve 29 days, you’ll still serve at least 30 more days because it is required to be consecutive.A simple DUI, or DUI Slightest, is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in a Arizona county jail and up to $2,500 in fines, except that the fines can be higher than $2,500 in an Extreme DUI case.
A DUI Slightest is the same level of offense as an Extreme DUI, meaning that if you drive with a 0.08% BAC, it’s a class 1 misdemeanor. And if you drive with a 0.20% BAC (Super Extreme DUI), it’s still a class 1 misdemeanor. On a first-time DUI with a 0.20% BAC or higher, you’ll do 45 consecutive days in the Coconino County jail (or in whatever county the crime occurred).
So what can a northern Arizona DUI lawyer do for you?
You need a criminal defense lawyer with DUI case experience, who is familiar with the inner workings of DUI laws, breath tests, blood tests, expert testimony by criminalists, jury trials (all DUI cases come with a right to a jury trial), plea negotiations, suppression hearings, suppression motions, Fourth Amendment, and much more.
Creative plea bargains can be obtained as well to minimize your jail time, get you on work furlough (so you’re out of jail for 12 hours/day while still getting credit for the time), and much more.
A criminal defense lawyer should thoroughly and critically review the State’s evidence. Sometimes, a dismissal of your DUI case is appropriate. To get a free DUI consultation right now, use the form at the top right of this page, or call the number at the top.