Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Driving under the influence or DUI is one of the most common and most aggressively prosecuted criminal offense in the State of Arizona. As with most criminal charges, depending upon your unique situation there is a possibility of severe penalties if convicted. Jail time can range from twenty-four hours to six months, fines from $750 to $21,000 minimum, loss of license for three months to a year, and the installation of an interlock for one year once driving rights are reinstated. There are different levels of severity of DUI’s: Standard DUI, Extreme DUI, Aggravated DUI.
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There are many parts of the process that makes up a DUI case. The criminal court system in which it is handled can be complex and overwhelming. A skilled DUI attorney can help explain the proceedings as well as the best option for you. The proceeding begins with your initial appearance and arraignment where the State will formerly charge you with a DUI. It is then up to the judge to decide whether you will be detained or released while you await trial. A pretrial conference is then held. This is the time and place the defendant and their representation is allowed to negotiate charges with the prosecutor, in a DUI case this will be the State of Arizona. If there is evidence that is being challenged an evidentiary hearing is held or a motion is filed with the court. A local DUI attorney can help you through this daunting process that occurs even before a trial (if a trial is necessary).
If the case is taken to trial, you do have the right to a jury trial. It is crucial to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty and the State bears the burden of proof. This means that it is the prosecutions job to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you have committed the crime. Dealing with such a high stress situation on your own can greatly lower your chances of receiving a favorable outcome. Because the stakes are so high, it is imperative that you seek experienced and knowledgeable legal representation. A criminal defense DUI attorney in your area can help protect you against the life changing consequences a criminal charge can have. They can also negotiate with the prosecution in order to find a better outcome than could reasonably be expected at trial.
If you are facing DUI charges, the sooner you retain counsel the more likely you are to get through the ordeal with the least amount of stress, cost, and penalties. The experienced DUI attorney at Giordano Spanier & Heckele Law Firm will put their experience behind an impenetrable defense for you. We are here to help. Call today for a consultation at (520) 314-0545 or email [email protected]