Were you or a family member recently arrested on DUI charges in Phoenix, AZ? It’s easy to feel like you have no choice but to sit back and accept your punishment. In reality, there are many ways to fight a DUI charge and win. Call an experienced Phoenix DUI lawyer at Orent Law Offices to start building your defense strategy today if you’re facing DUI charges.
Our founding attorney has over 30 years of experience helping DUI clients fight criminal charges. Our legal team will use that experience to your advantage.
Being arrested for a DUI can be a frightening experience. Even if you’re a first-time offender, you can face jail time and steep financial fines. With an aggressive legal defense, it can be possible to minimize these and other negative consequences. An experienced Phoenix DUI lawyer may even be able to get your case dismissed before you go to trial.
At Orent Law Offices, our team is led by a Certified Criminal Law Specialist who has been voted as a Top 100 trial attorney by The National Trial Lawyers. We can provide valuable insight into state prosecutors’ tactics to convict.
When you have our lawyers by your side, expect us to:
If you’re facing criminal charges, you deserve the strongest defense possible. Contact an experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney to create an attorney-client relationship and get the legal representation you deserve.
As in every other U.S. state, it is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) in Arizona.
You can be convicted of a DUI under Arizona law if you were driving or in physical control of a motor vehicle, and the prosecution can prove any one of the following:
Arizona prosecutors can convict even if your BAC was under 0.08%. They can also convict on DUI charges if law enforcement does not obtain a blood alcohol test. On the other hand, if your BAC was at least 0.08%, prosecutors can presume that you were under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
If the police detect drugs in your system, the prosecution can convict you of driving under the influence even if you had a valid prescription.
A DUI is usually a Class 1 misdemeanor in Arizona.
You can be convicted of a felony for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol if:
Aggravated DUI is typically a Class 4 felony. However, if your charges were elevated because someone under the age of 15 was in the vehicle, it’s a Class 6 felony.
The penalties for a DUI conviction depend on your BAC level and whether you have any prior DUI convictions within the previous seven years.
For a first-time DUI conviction, your penalties can include:
For second and subsequent DUI offenses, the penalties become harsher and include:
The penalties for a DUI conviction are harsh, even if you’re a first offender. However, it may be possible to avoid jail time and steep financial penalties. An experienced Phoenix DUI attorney at Orent Law Offices can help you fight to beat the charges. Call us to schedule a free case review and learn more about how our experienced team can make a difference in your DUI case.
Under Arizona DUI laws, the penalties become much more serious if your blood alcohol content is higher than 0.15%. In other words, the case becomes much more serious if the police find that you were under the extreme influence of alcohol.
If your BAC was at least 0.15%, but less than 0.20%, you could be convicted on “extreme” DUI charges.
Penalties for an extreme DUI include:
For a second offense with a BAC of between 0.15% and 0.20%, your jail sentence will increase to 120 days. You’ll also be ordered to pay financial penalties of $3,250 and lose your license for 12 months in addition to installing an IID.
If your BAC was .20% or higher, you could face super extreme DUI charges. If it’s your first offense, you will be required to serve at least 45 consecutive days in jail, pay a fine of at least $2,750, and complete court-ordered treatment or rehabilitation in addition to installing an IID in your vehicle.
Aggravated DUI is a felony offense. If convicted, you’ll face:
You’ll also have a felony on your criminal record. That means you may have to disclose your conviction when you apply for a job or try to find housing.
Regardless of the severity of your DUI charge, it’s always important to have an aggressive defense strategy. Our DUI defense lawyers know which strategies are most likely to work in Maricopa County Superior Court or city courts. To learn more, call for a free initial consultation today.
The first step in any case involving vehicular crimes is to develop a legal defense to prove your innocence. There are many ways to challenge a DUI arrest in Phoenix.
Depending on the facts of your case, your defense may include:
Even if convicted or accept a plea bargain, a skilled lawyer can work to minimize the adverse consequences of the conviction. Our lawyers in Phoenix may present mitigating factors that can reduce or eliminate your jail sentence.
Examples of mitigating factors include:
Don’t risk your future by trying to build your own defense strategy. Our lawyers have years of experience handling cases like yours and will carefully evaluate your case. We’ll build an aggressive and custom-tailored defense that’s designed to get the best possible results in your case.
Judges and prosecutors in Phoenix take DUI charges very seriously. You should expect the prosecution to do everything possible to convict. Our lawyers at Orent Law Offices will work tirelessly to protect you. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation with a Phoenix DUI lawyer today.