Experienced criminal law counsel for DUI defendants in Arizona
A DUI conviction can lead to license revocation, community service, fines, and even jail time. At Blackwell Law Office, PLLC, we defend clients in Phoenix accused of first, second, and subsequent DUI charges. We understand that your job, license, and freedom may be on the line. Our legal team moves quickly to assess your case, gather evidence, and help you construct a formidable defense. No matter if you are a first-time offender, or facing a third DUI charge, our attorneys fight zealously for your rights.
The penalties for drunk driving aren’t merely a “slap on the wrist.” These are life-changing punishments meant to deter people from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs:
First DUI: For your first, standard (BAC .08 or more) DUI, you face up to 10 days in jail, community service, and $1,500 in fines. Additionally, you must finish an alcohol/drug screening, treatment, and education program, and install an ignition interlock device in your car.
Second DUI: Second-time DUI offenders face at least 90 days in jail, as well as a fine of $3,400, license revocation for 12 months, installation of an ignition interlock device, community service, and completion of a drug and alcohol program.
If you are charged with an extreme DUI (your BAC was .15 or higher), the penalties you face increase substantially. Furthermore, if you are charged with an aggravated DUI (you receive a third DUI within 84 months), you could face 2 years in prison. Fortunately, by retaining the services of a skilled lawyer, you may be able to reduce or eliminate the charges against you.
DUI defense strategies
If you are arrested for a DUI, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. An attorney can increase your chances of having the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether. Examples of DUI defense strategies include:
Improper stop: Police require a reason to pull you over, which is known as “reasonable suspicion.” If you can prove the initial police stop was unlawful, you may be able to have the case thrown out.
Challenge field sobriety test: Field sobriety tests aren’t perfect. In fact, they are notoriously inaccurate because they rely so heavily on the discretion of the test administrator.
Challenge breathalyzer or chemical test: Contrary to popular belief, breathalyzer and chemical tests can produce incorrect or skewed results. These machines must be properly maintained, calibrated, and administered to produce accurate data.
Failure to Mirandize: The police must read you your rights if you are arrested and they want to ask you questions. If you were not read your Miranda rights, you may be able to challenge the arrest and any evidence against you.
Every DUI defense case is different. Only after carefully reviewing the facts of your case can we determine the most effective defense strategy to employ.
Contact dedicated DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix
Blackwell Law Offices, PLLC, provides experienced DUI defense counsel to clients throughout the Phoenix area. Call (480) 800-0831 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to discuss your case with a skilled criminal defense lawyer today.
Mr. Blackwell is dedicated to defending the rights of others:
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Served the United States Army as a Morse Code Interceptor, and Cryptographic Analyst