DUI

Phoenix DUI Lawyer

Building an Aggressive DUI Defense

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime – not merely a traffic infraction. Many people underestimate the severity of these charges and the penalties that come with a conviction. Some even fail to retain the services of an attorney. If you or a family member has been arrested for DUI in Phoenix, Arizona, Suzuki Law Offices is prepared to fight aggressively on your behalf.

Failing to get legal representation would be a mistake. A criminal conviction could have serious consequences, including:

  • Suspended driver's license
  • Fines
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Jail time

Repeat offenders could also face felony charges. For this reason, we encourage you to contact a Phoenix DUI attorney at our firm as soon as possible.

Save Your Driver’s License – You Only Have 15 Days!

Once you have been arrested for drunk driving, the police will confiscate your driver’s license. At this point, you will only have 15 days to schedule a license suspension hearing with the Arizona Department of Transportation. If you fail to take action, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended for 90 days—or even longer, if this is a second or third DUI offense. Suzuki Law Offices can represent you at your administrative hearing and fight to have your driving privileges reinstated.

Put a Former State & Federal Prosecutor on Your Case

Each attorney at Suzuki Law Offices has experience working as a state or federal prosecutor – or both. We are committed to our clients and are able to bring invaluable perspectives from our work on both sides of the courtroom. We know how DUI prosecution works, and this knowledge enables us to effectively represent drivers accused of DUI.

Our firm can assist with your DUI defense by:

  • Questioning BAC test results and procedures
  • Locating flaws in field sobriety tests
  • Scrutinizing the reasons for your traffic stop
  • Fighting for a reduction of your charges

We will look closely for all possible options to apply to your defense. When you work with a Phoenix DUI attorney at our firm, you stand a far greater chance of having your DUI charges or penalties reduced, or even dismissed entirely, than you would on your own. We have years of experience fighting DUI cases and know the strategies that produce the best results.

Arizona DUI Penalties

The consequences you face for DUI will depend on several things, such as whether it was your first offense, your blood alcohol content, whether there was a drunk driving accident or whether there was a child in the vehicle.

Penalties for a 1st DUI Conviction

  • Up to six months in county jail (10 days minimum)
  • Fines and court fees reaching $2,500 or more
  • Driver's license suspension for up to 90 days
  • Substance abuse counseling & community service
  • Use of an ignition interlock device for at least six months
  • Potential term of probation for up to five years

To learn more about the penalties for a second or third DUI offense, click here.

Penalties also vary depending on the type of DUI charge in Arizona:

  • Standard DUI: Driving a vehicle with either a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or more, .04 percent or more if driving a commercial truck, or any percentage if the driver is under 21 years old.
    • The penalties for a first Standard DUI may include:

      • Up to 10 days in jail
      • Up to $1,500 in fines
      • 90-day suspension or one year revocation
      • Use of an ignition interlock device for 12 months
  • Extreme DUI: Driving a vehicle with a BAC of .15 percent or more. If your BAC is .20% or greater, you will likely face charges for super extreme DUI—which will result in much harsher penalties.

    • The penalties for a first extreme DUI conviction may include:

      • Up to six months in county jail (30 days minimum)
      • Fines and court fees reaching $2,500 or more
      • Driver’s license suspension for up to 90 days
      • Substance abuse counseling & community service
      • Use of an ignition interlock device for at least 12 months
      • Potential term of probation for up to five years
    • The penalties for a first super extreme DUI conviction may include:

      • Up to six months in county jail (45 days minimum)
      • Fines and court fees reaching $3,000 or more
      • Driver’s license suspension for up to 90 days
      • Substance abuse counseling & community service
      • Use of an ignition interlock device for at least 12 months
      • Potential term of probation for up to five years
  • Aggravated DUI: Either accruing a third DUI offense within 84 months, driving a passenger younger than 15 years old while under the influence, or receiving a DUI with a suspended, revoked, or canceled driver’s license.

    • The penalties for a first Aggravated DUI may include:
      • Between 4 months and up to 3.75 years in prison
      • Fines of at least $4,700
      • Driver's license suspension for 3 years
      • Use of an ignition interlock device for 2 years

Arizona laws are not lenient toward drivers convicted of DUI. A person who commits DUI will not only have to face penalties with the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division, but also will face criminal charges.

Challenging the Evidence in Your DUI Case

Most people assume that they will be convicted of DUI if they have failed a breath or blood test; however, this does not have to be true. With the help of an experienced DUI attorney in Phoenix, AZ, you can challenge the evidence in your case and work toward a reduction, dismissal or acquittal of your charges.

Are DUI Breath Tests Accurate?

Breath tests can be performed on the road during a traffic stop or at a police station after an arrest. The breathalyzer involves blowing into a machine that analyzes how much alcohol is contained in your breath. This is a very indirect method of determining BAC, as the results are not based on how much alcohol is actually in the body. Depending on body temperature and respiration rate, the results of the test can easily be skewed.

Additionally, there are a number of other factors that could throw off the results of a breath test. Certain mouthwashes, breath fresheners, and toothache medicines, or any other substance containing alcohol, could cause an inaccurate reading. Even a burp or regurgitation of stomach acid just prior to or during the test can skew results.

This is not to mention the problem of maintenance. Breathalyzer machines must be routinely maintained and calibrated to keep them accurate, but many times they are not. If a breath testing machine malfunctions, it could result in a false-positive reading, and as a consequence, you could face penalties that you may not even deserve.

Available 24/7 – Call Now for Your Free Consultation

Suzuki Law Offices handles a full range of DUI cases, from underage drunk driving charges to the most serious felony DUI allegations. Because time is of the essence in DUI cases, we encourage you to contact us for a free case evaluation as soon as possible! Our firm is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.

Don’t wait any longer to get the help you need; contact us today for the aggressive legal advocacy you deserve. We will review your case to no cost to you.

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