In the state of Arizona, driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are treated as the same offense. Either way, the state takes this offense very seriously. Statistics show that drunk driving incidents accounted for almost one third of all driving related fatalities in 2008. As a result, the crackdown on drunk driving related offenses has started in Arizona. That’s why you need to be working with a qualified Phoenix DUI Lawyer.
The penalties for DUI’s have recently gotten more severe. Now there is a mandatory jail sentence, even for first offenders. The amount of jail time can be mitigated by the facts of your specific case, including your level of intoxication and your specific history. As an example, a blood alcohol level below .15 will earn you a minimum 24 hour jail sentence if it is your first offense. Conversely, a blood alcohol level above .20 will mean a sentence of 45 days. Of course, the punishment compounds in severity for multiple offenses. This type of offense will interrupt your life, and frankly, you don’t need this hassle. Get a designated driver.
Of course, people make mistakes. If you are facing a DUI or DWI charge, there are several steps you need to take. The first thing is to call your attorney as soon as possible. He or she may recommend you take the blood test as quickly as you can after being arrested. The reason for this is many breathalyzers are aged and often inaccurate. So if you believe your blood alcohol level is not above the legal limit, getting an independent blood test will be the best defense you have to the charge. A blood test will give you the best chance of documenting the accurate, below the limit, level and then having the Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office dismiss the charge. A dismissal is at their discretion, so you will absolutely want to speak with your attorney about the facts of your specific situation.
Attempting to prove your innocence through an independent blood test is a fact that can be introduced into your case, even if you were unable to get one done. It can help in your defense. A qualified Phoenix DUI lawyer will know the ins and outs of the constantly evolving drunk driving laws in Arizona. So put yourself in touch with one as soon as you can. We advise our clients to carry their card in their pockets or wallets. Keep in mind that a DUI charge is not the end of the world. You are going through a rough patch here, and you need a DUI lawyer who not only understands the law, but has the compassion necessary to help you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move forward with your life.
Phoenix DUI attorney Guy Brown is one such lawyer. Not only is he Certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Standardized Field Sobriety testing for DUI cases, but he and his team strive to give you that extra attention that most lawyers forget. His clients appreciate his bedside manner, and you will too. Call him today – 602-396-7114.