Driving under the influence (DUI) in Arizona can result in significant penalties depending on the severity and nature of the DUI charge. When you are facing a DUI charge, it is important to consult with a skilled Phoenix DUI Attorney who can investigate your DUI charge to determine what course of action is best for your situation. The Phoenix DUI Attorneys of Ariano & Associates, PLLC are prepared to help you fight your DUI charge. We believe it is important that all of our clients are generally aware of Arizona’s DUI laws, and how each DUI charge may be treated differently. If our clients understand the crime they have been charged with, it is easier to resolve the criminal matter in a reasonable way.
DUI Laws in Arizona
The various DUI charges possible under Arizona law include the following:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs and/or prescription drugs, having a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more;
- Driving under the influence while driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.4 or more;
- Extreme DUI – driving under the influence with a BAC of .15 or more; and
- Aggravated DUI – this includes driving under the influence with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, the commission of a third DUI offense, driving under the influence with a child under the age of 15 present in the vehicle at the time of the alleged offense, or driving under the influence while having an ignition interlocking device on your car.
The penalties for being convicted of any type of DUI charge in Arizona ranges from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 4 felony. If any individual was injured or killed in the course of an alleged DUI offense, the penalties could be even more severe. Given that so much is at stake, and the potential consequences vary based on the facts and circumstances of the individual DUI charge, it is imperative that you allow a seasoned Phoenix DUI Defense Attorney to handle your case from the earliest stage possible.
Depending on how serious your DUI charge is, you may be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence if convicted. However, with the assistance of a highly experienced Phoenix Defense Attorney, you may be able to have your DUI charge dismissed, or potentially have your DUI charge lowered so that you can avoid conviction of the specific crime you have been charged with. Further, all Arizona drivers should be aware that a DUI conviction can remain on your criminal record for seven (7) years. To learn more about specific DUI charges in Arizona, please visit our other DUI practice area pages.
Contact the Phoenix DUI Defense Attorneys of Ariano & Associates Today
The sooner you act after being charged with driving under the influence, the better off you will be in fighting your DUI charge with the legal representation that you deserve. Having a diligent and experienced Phoenix DUI Attorney by your side will help you seek a reasonable resolution to your case. While jail time is always a possibility with most criminal charges in Arizona, the Phoenix DUI Lawyers of Ariano & Associates help their clients either have DUI charges dismissed, or find an outcome that does not require jail time. Our Phoenix DUI Defense Attorneys are available 24/7, as we know criminal charges can occur any time, day or night. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our attorneys, contact Ariano & Associates by calling (602) 975-2350.