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If you are involved in a DUI collision which results in a fatality of another individual, there are a few different statutes that you may be charged under, depending on the severity and nature of the incident. Depending on how you are charged, you could be facing anywhere between 1 and 22 years in prison for a vehicular homicide related offense.

Under Arizona law, DUI fatalities can be charged as negligent homicide, which can result in a range of up to 8 years in prison. This type of fatality could also result in manslaughter charges, which are punishable by 7 to 21 years in prison. Finally, under extreme circumstances, a person could be charged with second degree murder, resulting in anywhere between 10-22 years in prison, if convicted.

Arizona and North Dakota are the only two states that do not have a specific vehicular homicide charge which can be applied to situations regarding DUI drivers and fatalities. If you are involved in a vehicular manslaughter-type incident, it is advisable to seek advice from an experience Mesa DUI lawyer as these are very serious allegations with exposure to significant prison time, if convicted.

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If you are working with Trent R. Buckallew or simply looking for more information about DUI defense, then you need to check out his social media pages. Trent R. Buckallew wants all of his clients to have an over-abundance of information about driving under the influence, especially if they have been arrested in connection with this crime. If you start in on a DUI case without a proper amount of information it could be detrimental. You can visit our blog to learn more about criminal defense and DUI laws in the state of Arizona, or you can find links to noteworthy blog posts on our Facebook page. If you “like” us on Facebook, then we will provide you with important DUI and criminal defense information on a regular basis. We will notify you of landmark cases occurring in the United States and post links to videos that Trent Buckallew has filmed for your information. These videos are also all available if you subscribe to Attorney Buckallew’s YouTube channel. Also on the Facebook page, Mr. Buckallew will provide let you know about any major law changes that could affect your case.

You can also add Mr. Buckallew to your circles on Google+ if you want more information about the firm and want to obtain more important news updates. Typically, Mr. Buckallew posts about different website updates on our Google+ account. He also has an extensive resume of his accomplishments on this site so that clients or potential customers can learn about him before making a decision. You can also follow Mr. Buckallew on Twitter to get up-to-date information about criminal law. In recent days, Mr. Buckallew has posted about the legalization of marijuana in Arizona, and DUI testing methods. As well, he has posted links to the firm’s Pinterest page. While Pinterest is best known for recipes and crafting tutorials, there are times that it can serve as a helpful website to post legal infographics. Mr. Buckallew uses the website for this purpose. No matter which social media outfit works best for you, make sure to friend, like, add, or follow Trent R. Buckallew!

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An extreme misdemeanor DUI includes violations involving a BAC above a .15, but less than .20 (ARS 28-1382). If you have been charged with an extreme misdemeanor DUI charge in Tempe, AZ or surrounding valley cities, the government may impose harsh penalties. The maximum jail time for an Extreme DUI is 6 months. The minimum jail time is 30 days (21 may be suspended if ignition interlock device is installed on vehicle for 12 months). Fines and fees for an extreme DUI can total nearly $3,000.00 (including a $250.00 fine, 84% surcharge, $250.00 DUI Fund, $1,000 prison fund, $1,000 Public Safety Equipment Fund, $20 Time Pay Fee, $20 Probation Fee and $13 Assessment). Additional fees can include jail costs, probation fees, and cost for interlock ignition device (approx. $800-$1000 for 12 months). In addition to financial penalties, an extreme DUI conviction may result in a 90-day license suspension (30-day full suspension; then 60 days restricted driving permit to drive to/from work/school). Other penalties following a DUI conviction can include, possibility of probation (up to 5 years), alcohol / drug screening and classes, community work service, possibility of SR22 insurance (increased insurance rates), and interlock ignition device requirements (for alcohol related DUI).

If you have been charged with any type of alcohol or drug related DUI charge, this Firm can help. There are many possible defenses for DUI cases, including Procedural Defenses such as illegal stop, illegal detention, illegal arrest, and/or illegal search; Factual Defensessuch as not under the influence, not operating vehicle, mistaken identity, blood alcohol level not greater than .08 within 2 hours of driving, necessity, mechanical defects of vehicle; and Forensic Defenses such as testing methodology failure, incompetent lab technicians, contaminated blood draw, breath machine failures and limitations, contamination issues.

Mr. Buckallew has extensive experience in litigating DUI cases, including complex felony DUI's, and has a reputation for launching an aggressive defense on behalf of each client to ensure the most favorable outcome possible in each case. In addition to his law degree, Mr. Buckallew also has a Master's in Forensic Science degree, giving him a unique understanding of both the legal issues as well as the complexities of the science behind the evidence. He also belongs to many professional criminal and DUI defense organizations, such as the National College for DUI Defense, in order to keep informed of the ever-changing practice of DUI litigation. Mr. Buckallew was also recently elected as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Attorney for 2012. The Firm handles DUI cases in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Paradise Valley, Queen Creek, West Valley cities and throughout the State of Arizona.

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