Drunk drivers, to put it simply, face harsh penalties and fines in the State of Arizona. The state has some of the harshest DUI laws in the US. In Arizona, you are guilty of DUI if at least one of the following applies to you pursuant to A.R.S. § 28-1381(A)(1)-(4):
Note that even if your Breathalyzer or blood test results show that your BAC is under 0.08%, the officer who stopped you may charge you with DUI if he/she deems that you are unfit to drive. You are automatically charged with DUI if the test shows your BAC is 0.08% or more.
A first time DUI under A.R.S. § 28-1381 is a Class 1 misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a first time misdemeanor DUI, you will be sentenced to the following:
You may also be sentenced to the following:
Your conviction will trigger a 90 day suspension of your privilege to drive.
When an officer asks you to pull over for a possible DUI, you must:
If you have had a few drinks, it can be stressful if you are pulled over. Just stay calm and follow the steps above.
Anyone can be found guilty of a misdemeanor DUI. When it happens, you must be ready and know the consequences.
As a Class 1 misdemeanor, a first DUI conviction comes with daunting punishments. Don’t lose hope! An experienced DUI lawyer like Gary Rohlwing can help find ways to possibly have the case dismissed, challenge the accuracy of the Breathalyzer or blood test results, prove that you were not impaired, and minimize the penalties. Remember that your future may be at stake. Therefore, you need to have a competent lawyer by your side at all times.
If you are facing your first DUI charge in Arizona, it’s best to get in touch with the Law Offices of Gary L. Rohlwing immediately. He has been protecting the rights of clients charged with DUI for many years. He will work hard to make sure that you get the best results possible for your case. You can read more about his practice areas here. Call the Law Offices of Gary L. Rohlwing for a free initial case consultation at (623) 937-1692.