Arizona State Representative Pleads Guilty to DUI
We learned recently that Arizona State Representative David Cook, R-Globe, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving and was given a one day sentence in jail. The sentence stems from an arrest on December 19 in which Cook was originally charged with an extreme DUI due to his blood-alcohol level being nearly two times the legal limit.
This case has gained attention in the media for two reasons. One, it involves an elected representative of the people. Two, the sentence is a far cry from what Cook could have received if he had been found guilty under the original charge. Today, we want to look at Cook’s case and show how it illustrates what an effective DUI attorney can do to help those in similar situations.
Cook was pulled over on December 19, 2018, after a highway-patrol topper noticed his truck swerving on Loop 202. During the process of the arrest, Cook told one trooper that, “You’ll get yours.” He told another, “Do you know what you’re doing, son?”
After being notified that his driving privileges were suspended, he said, “It’s fine, my wife works at the MVD.”
Instead of handing troopers his driver’s license upon being stopped, he gave the trooper his House of Representative ID card.
Cook was given a breathalyzer test after being brought to a DPS station and it registered at 0.158 percent, which is nearly double the .08 percent legal limit. The blood-alcohol content required for an Extreme DUI charge, which was Cook’s original charge, is 0.15 percent.
Cook’s Plea And Sentence
In many cases, DUI charges are pleaded down to lesser charges and that is what happened in Rep. Cook’s case. Instead of an Extreme DUI charge, he attorney and prosecutors agreed to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge. Aside from Cook’s one-day jail sentence (which was actually a 10-day sentence reduced to one day), Cook had other conditions:
- He had to complete a drug and alcohol treatment program (which he did online).
- Cook’s sentence required him to participate in a Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim-impact panel.
- He is on probation for five years and is not allowed to drink alcoholic beverages to excess during that time period.
- He will pay a $492.50 fine as well as $1,000 in fee assessments to state funds. He will also pay $342 to cover the cost of his day in jail.
Some DUI Numbers
For the latest full reporting year in Arizona (2017), there were 26,296 DUI arrests, which was an increase from the previous year. There were also 900 more DUI arrests involving drugs than the previous year.
Out of those DUI arrests, the average blood-alcohol level was down to .151 percent from .156 percent.
Please know that the state of Arizona takes driving under the influence cases seriously. There were 4,854 alcohol-related crashes in 2017. They resulted in 3,095 injuries and 320 fatalities. It is estimated that the state suffered an economic loss of over $2 billion in 2017 due to alcohol-related crashes.
Moving On From Here
If you or someone you love has been charged with a DUI, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Regardless of the level of the DUI charge, you could be facing still penalties when it comes to fines, jail time, as well as being labeled as a convicted criminal. A qualified and experienced Arizona DUI attorney will help ensure you are treated fairly throughout the process, from initial court appearances through negotiations. The ultimate goal is to get your charges reduced or thrown out altogether so you can get your life back.
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