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Driving under the influence (DUI) offense could lead to serious penalties and long-term consequences. If you have been arrested for a DUI, you could face imprisonment, jail time, fines, and a loss of driving privileges. The best way to defend yourself against DUI charges in Arizona is to retain a lawyer experienced in defending DUI cases who will fight for you throughout the entire DUI process.
On this page, we will discuss the important aspects of DUI charges in Arizona, including the types of charges, the short- and long-term consequences of a DUI conviction, and the defenses available to you. For answers to your questions, we invite you to contact us at the Law Office of Karl A. Mueller, PLC. Call today at 602-697-8761 or schedule a consultation online. We at the Law Office of Karl A. Mueller, PLC are in your corner, ready to defend against any DUI charges.
What Are the Different Types of Drunk Driving Charges in Arizona?
Arizona has eight separate charges related to “drunk driving,” or driving after consuming other inebriating substances. They are as follows:
- First Offense DUI
- Second Offense DUI
- Extreme DUI
- Extreme DUI with Prior Conviction
- Super Extreme DUI
- Super Extreme DUI with Prior Conviction
- Aggravated DUI in general
- Aggravated DUI on a Suspended, Revoked, or Restricted License
- Aggravated DUI with Two Prior Convictions in the Past Five Years
- Aggravated DUI Driving the Wrong Way
- Aggravated DUI with a Child under 15 years old
At the Law Office of Karl A. Mueller, PLC, Mr. Mueller understands that different DUI charges require different defense strategies. He will provide you with the experienced representation you need to ensure that you get the best possible outcome for your individual case.
What are the Short- and Long-Term Consequences of a DUI Conviction?
DUI Conviction in the Short Term
In Arizona, being arrested for DUI results in an automatic 90-day suspension. You then have 15 days to request a hearing before the Motor Vehicle Division about obtaining a temporary license. Given those strict consequences, we at the Law Office of Karl A. Mueller, PLC will help you to keep your license.
With regard to DUI convictions, the maximum penalty for a first-time DUI conviction is six months in jail and a fine. If you have a experienced DUI attorney assisting you, then you can work to avoid jail time. An Aggravated DUI conviction could result in much more serious penalties. If you were driving under the influence when your license was suspended, or if you have a previous DUI conviction, then you may face a minimum of four months in prison.
2. DUI Conviction Long Term
In addition to those immediate consequences of a DUI conviction, there are also some long-term impacts that you need to keep in mind. A DUI conviction will result in a criminal record, which can have an impact on both your professional and personal life. Criminal records could show up on credit reports, which means that applications for bank loans, rental agreements, car purchases, and similar financial transactions may be more difficult.
A driver who is still in high school may have a harder time attending the college of their choice, and a driver who is still in college could be subject to administrative discipline from their university.
Also, a DUI conviction often has collateral consequences beyond a criminal record. Many car insurance companies treat those convicted of DUI harshly. Monthly rates will rise significantly, and the insurance company may decide to cancel your coverage completely.
There can be significant consequences for individuals who drive for a living or are charged while driving a company vehicle. A driver who is charged with a DUI while driving a company car will likely lose their coverage or have to pay for the increased premiums out of their own pocket. If you drive for a living – either with a CDL or livery license – a DUI can cause you to lose your job.
It is critical that you to seek the services of an Arizona DUI lawyer if you are charged with a DUI offense. An experienced lawyer such as Mr. Mueller can help you avoid those serious long-term consequences.
What Are Some Defenses in a DUI Case?
Arizona prosecutors take DUI cases very seriously. It is also important to remember that police officers make mistakes. In some cases, a police officer may have no supporting evidence other than his or her assertion that you were intoxicated. Mr. Mueller will utilize a number of tactics to challenge the state’s evidence and how it was gathered. Your attorney should determine:
- Did the police have a legal reason for the initial stop?
- If you were outside the car, can they prove who was really driving?
- Was the chemical testing method and calibration correct?
A DUI charge does not necessarily mean there will be a DUI conviction. With the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney, you can successfully challenge the evidence against you and preserve your future.
Why Choose Experienced Arizona DUI Lawyer Karl A. Mueller?
An experienced DUI defense attorney will be able to help you argue the facts, challenge the state’s evidence, and either reduce the charges or eliminate them altogether. Karl A. Mueller has had decades of experience handling DUI cases both as a prosecutor and defense attorney.
- Karl has handled more than 1,000 DUI cases and has the knowledge, skills and experience to help you obtain the best possible outcome.
- Karl has trained DUI investigation officers and knows where to look for mistakes. This makes him a powerful advocate for you, especially if you are facing charges of extreme DUI, aggravated DUI, or driving under the influence of drugs.
- Karl handles CDL suspensions and can help you keep your livelihood.
The Law Office of Karl A. Mueller, PLC, is here to help you fight your DUI charge and work hard to minimize the long-term damage caused by a DUI conviction. You can count on attorney Karl A. Mueller to put your best interests first. We serve clients in Gilbert, Chandler and Apache Junction, and throughout the East Valley in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Call 602-697-8761 or contact defense lawyer Karl A. Mueller today for a free initial consultation.
We handle CDL suspensions. If you have a CDL, you could lose your job if convicted of drunk driving. We can help you fight to keep your livelihood.
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