Phoenix DUI Attorney
Have you or a loved one been arrested for DUI in Phoenix? Contrary to what law enforcement would have you believe, drinking and driving is not a crime. It is a crime only if you have an unlawful blood alcohol level or have abilities that are impaired by alcohol or drugs. These factors must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in order for a driver to be found guilty of drunk driving. Make sure you have a competent attorney who can aggressively
challenge your DUI charges. You may be surprised to find that you have a real opportunity of avoiding a conviction altogether.
Reasons for Being Charged with a DUI
DUI (driving under the influence) is a relatively common but very serious criminal offense. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is against the law. A DUI charge must be proven specifically with a breath or blood test result of .08% or greater (the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle) or
field sobriety tests and other evidence that proves your mental/physical abilities were impaired to the extent that you were unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Commonly referred to in layman's terms as drunk driving, DUI may be charged as a misdemeanor or a
felony offense in Arizona, with
penalties ranging from little to no imprisonment in county jail all the way up to years in state prison along with heavy fines and driver's license suspension or revocation. Even with the least severe punishment, you will have a criminal record, and many people have reported that they are discriminated against because of their record, by loan creditors, potential employers, landlords, and even neighbors. Call our office and let us help you avoid this fate!
How a DUI Defense Attorney Can Help
Although you may have taken a breath test or blood test and the tests "proved" that you had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than .08%, and were subsequently charged with DUI, this does not mean that you will be convicted. An experienced Phoenix DUI lawyer may be able to step in and prove that your blood alcohol concentration test results were inconclusive because of improper testing procedure or a machine that was not properly calibrated. There are many defects and potential inaccuracies with these machines and tests and it is important that you retain a DUI attorney who is well versed in DUI defense strategies.
A failed or refused breath test or poor performance on field sobriety tests does not necessarily mean a conviction is inevitable. Field sobriety tests are very subjective and there are various conditions that could lead to failing one of these tests even if you are completely sober. You have the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and an attorney can help ensure that your constitutional rights are protected throughout the criminal process.
We have seen all types of DUI cases and we are well established among the Phoenix community of lawyers and judges. We have a reputation for aggressive defense and we never give up on our clients. Our talented team is committed to the idea that even law enforcement officers need oversight, and that officers should be held accountable when they break the law and violate your rights by improperly investigating or arresting you. You should not suffer the consequences, and protecting your rights is our main priority.
Under 21 DUI
If you have a child that was criminally charged for drunken driving, then you likely already recognize the fear and stress that are associated with situations of this nature. Your child has lots of life ahead, and a criminal record could trip them up in the future and could make it difficult for them to move forward unhindered. For this reason, it is vastly important that you do not hesitate to have the experienced representation of an experienced DUI defense lawyer from our firm as soon as possible. We recognize what is on the line with situations of this nature and we are fully committed to helping our clients obtain the just outcome that they deserve. For this reason, no matter the extenuating circumstances of the arrest, we encourage you to consult with our legal team – we recognize the scope of the case and will fight tooth and nail for the best interests of your entire family.
Arrested for DUI in Phoenix? We can help!
Our law firm represents clients throughout Arizona who face serious DUI charges. Founding Attorney Richard J. Suzuki is a former Assistant United States Attorney and former Deputy Maricopa County Attorney, meaning he has experience in dealing with state and federal cases as a prosecutor. His extensive experience in criminal defense makes him a powerful force in the courtroom and as he builds effective, aggressive defense strategies on his clients' behalf.
Without proper legal representation, a driver facing DUI charges may be at risk of facing maximum penalties; this may include imprisonment as well as driver's license suspension, heavy fines and court fees, community service, probation, and mandatory alcohol rehabilitation/treatment. At the very minimum, the right Phoenix DUI attorney can work to mitigate these penalties. With early intervention and aggressive representation, however, an attorney may be able to help a defendant secure an acquittal or may be able to negotiate to have charges lowered or dropped altogether before the case ever goes to court. Results will vary on a case-by-case basis, however, so it is important to discuss your particular charges with a skilled legal professional.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Arizona, it is crucial to your rights that you contact a Phoenix DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. Not only are you facing multiple criminal penalties, but also your license will be suspended until your case is dismissed, your case is acquitted, or you have served your sentence and your license has been reinstated. A defense lawyer may be able to help you keep your license if you contact our firm within two weeks of your arrest. Contact us today and see what a Phoenix DUI defense lawyer can do for you DUI case.
We are proud to serve residents in the areas of Phoenix, Maricopa, Tempe, Mesa, Tucson, Prescott, Chandler, Gilbert and Scottsdale.