If you are facing a DUI charge in Arizona, a lot of legal questions may be running through your mind. These include whether or not you should hire a DUI lawyer. The answer to this is a resounding YES. You need the services of experienced and reputable lawyers like the Law Office of Gary L Rohlwing, given the complexities of the Arizona DUI laws.
Here are some of the common DUI case questions
Is a DUI a criminal crime in the State of Arizona?
Most DUIs in Arizona are considered misdemeanors. But, there are instances when a DUI is considered a felony such as Extreme DUI and Aggravated DUI.
In Extreme DUI, a person in physical control or driving a vehicle with at least 0.15 BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) may be charged. An Extreme DUI conviction carries much heavier penalties compared to a typical misdemeanor.
If convicted of a DUI charge, what other penalties can I face?
Once arrested for DUI, you could face a myriad of penalties. These may include suspension or revocation of your license, probation, steep fines, mandatory alcohol treatment programs, community service, prison time, restitution, and a lasting mark on your record. Your vehicle may also be impounded, and you may have to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.
Worse, a lot of people with DUI convictions experience social ostracism, damaged reputation, limited opportunities, loss of community, and strained relationships.
What’s an ignition interlock device?
The device serves a similar purpose to a breathalyzer. The difference is that the former is installed in your dashboard, and no officer administers the test. Before you can start your car, you need to breathe into the ignition interlock device.
If your BAC is over the legal limit, your car’s engine won’t start. While driving, the device will also require you to breathe into it occasionally. This is to make sure you haven’t been drinking as you drive. An alarm will go off if the device detects a high BAC. It won’t stop until the ignition is off.
When charged with an Arizona DUI, why do I need to hire a local lawyer?
There are many possible penalties that a DUI conviction in Arizona carries. Thus, handling your case may be tricky for a lawyer who is not well-versed in the Arizona DUI laws. If you are convicted of a DUI, you will have a permanent criminal record.
It's therefore important that you do everything possible to get the best possible result for your case. This will only be possible if you get effective and reliable legal representation from a reputable lawyer with lots of experience defending Arizona DUI cases.
Gary L Rohlwing knows all the intricacies of the DUI laws in Arizona, and he will find ways to improve your chances for a favorable result. He will find flaws in the prosecution’s case, challenge evidence, assist you in challenging a license revocation or suspension, invite expert witnesses, and negotiate with the judge and prosecutors on your behalf for reduced penalties or charges. Everything the lawyer does can have a significant impact on your case.
Law Offices of Gary L Rohlwing
7112 N 55th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301