Arizona DUI Defense Experts
As former Maricopa County prosecutors, our attorneys have the edge over other criminal defense attorneys. We have prosecuted numerous DUI and criminal cases in Maricopa County and we have attended numerous trainings put on by various law enforcement agencies, such as the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE). ARIDE is an advanced police training school designed to train officers how to detect and investigate drug and alcohol DUI’s. ARIDE is available only to law enforcement and is part of the exceptional DUI training given to Arizona police officers. This specialized training and knowledge offers a deeper insight into each criminal case. As Maricopa County attorneys, we worked alongside multiple other prosecutors, police officers, defense attorneys, and judges. We know what is important to both police officers and prosecutors, how prosecutors and officers are trained to assess a case, and how officers and prosecutors prepare for trial. The knowledge and skills gained from this experience is unparalleled and provides a significant advantage over other criminal defense attorneys.
Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws in the country. These laws can be a bit confusing. An attorney can help you better understand your charges and can review your options with you to help you make informed decisions. An attorney may even help get your case dismissed or your charges reduced.
Arizona DUI Laws
It is important to understand that various factors come into play when determining charges and penalties. Some of these factors include your blood alcohol level (BAC), prior DUI convictions, whether your driver’s license was suspended, cancelled, or revoked, and whether you were driving with a passenger under the age of fifteen. These factors determine whether the charge is a felony or misdemeanor. You may also find yourself with multiple DUI charges, depending on the facts.
There are several levels of misdemeanor DUI offenses. You do not have to be “drunk” or “wasted” to be charged with a DUI. In fact, you can be charged with a DUI even if you were not driving the car. The law simply requires that you be in actual physical control (APC) of a vehicle. The general misdemeanor DUI charges are: