Anyone facing DUI charges should secure a Glendale DUI lawyer as soon as possible after arrest to minimize the possible punishments and protect their rights. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense that can lead to fines, jail time, and additional penalties depending on individual circumstances and prior criminal history. Contact our criminal defense lawyers in Glendale immediately if you or a loved one faces any type of DUI charge in Glendale, AZ.
Defending Against DUI Charges
If the state has wrongfully pressed DUI charges against you, you need legal representation to clear your name and help you avoid harsh penalties. Several mitigating factors could lead to lighter sentencing for DUI offenses, such as attending drug and alcohol education courses or community service. The attorneys at the Stewart Law Group can scrutinize the DUI charges against you and help you determine your best defenses. Contact our Glendale, AZ, office today to schedule a meeting with one of our criminal defense attorneys.
Why Work With Stewart Law Group?
- The attorneys at Stewart Law Group have extensive experience with all types of DUI cases.
- Our firm has helped thousands of clients defend against criminal charges of all kinds in Arizona.
- We take a client-focused approach to every case we handle and understand that individual factors can play important roles in DUI case proceedings.
- The attorneys at Stewart Law Group are former prosecutors, meaning we know how the prosecutors of the Glendale court system build their cases and how judges try DUI cases.
Does a DUI Offender Really Need a Lawyer?
A DUI charge may seem simple at first, but there are countless factors that could lead to penalties and exorbitant fines. An individual facing DUI charges may believe it wisest to simply opt for a public defender at no cost. While public defenders are often fantastic attorneys, they handle many cases at a time and generally cannot offer the same level of personalized attention as a private defense firm like the Stewart Law Group.
Hiring a criminal defense attorney from the Stewart Law Group to handle your DUI case increases the chance of reduced sentencing. It is also possible the police arrested you unjustly and there are no grounds for a DUI case due to mistaken identity or questions over established control of your vehicle at the time of arrest. A criminal defense attorney will carefully analyze the prosecution’s evidence to determine the available defenses in a DUI case.
Drug DUIs are quite serious as well. Not only could the DUI conviction incur the same penalties as a DUI, additionally, but a drug-related DUI could also lead to additional drug charges. Contact professional drug DUI attorneys in Glendale to build a case for you if you have been accused of a drug DUI.
Possible Penalties for DUI in Arizona
Arizona courts sentence DUI offenders based on their number of prior DUI convictions, their level of impairment at the time of arrest, and damages or other criminal activity associated with the arrest.
- A blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% to 0.149% qualifies for a DUI charge, punishable by fines of at least $1,480, 90 days of driver’s license suspension, a minimum of 10 days in jail, and six months to one year of ignition interlock device (IID) use.
- BAC of 0.15% to 0.199% qualifies as an extreme DUI charge, punishable by fines of at least $3,000, 45 days in jail, 90 days or more of driver’s license suspension, and one-year mandatory IID use.
- BAC of 0.2% or more qualifies as a super extreme DUI, punishable by a minimum of 45 consecutive days in jail, fines of $3,250 or more, 90 days or longer driver’s license suspension, and one-year mandatory IID use.
Subsequent offenses incur more severe penalties. A second offense with a BAC of 0.08% to 0.149% will lead to a minimum of 90 days in jail, and the convicted offender must serve at least 30 of those days consecutively and use an IID for at least one year. Fines increase to a $3,000 minimum, and driver’s license suspension increases to a one-year minimum.