First Time Offenders
Being charged with a DUI can be a very frightening experience, especially if you are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system and don’t know what to expect. Whenever possible, it is advantageous to seek the advice of counsel before answering any questions or issuing any statements to law enforcement if you are the target of a criminal or DUI investigation. If you have been arrested for DUI or any other criminal charge, contact a Mesa DUI lawyer to discuss your legal options. When hiring an attorney, it is important to choose one that has the experience and background required to advance an aggressive legal defense in your DUI case. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Buckallew has concentrated on criminal and DUI cases and he has extensive experience in resolving complex criminal cases. He is a Board Certified DUI & Criminal Law Specialist, as certified by the State Bar of Arizona. He will vigorously fight to achieve the best outcome possible in your case through pre-trial negotiations, settlement conferences, or if appropriate, through a bench or jury trial. If you have been charged with a first-time DUI, contact a Mesa DUI attorney to discuss your legal options.About First Time DUI Charges
You can be charged with DUI if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measures at .08% or more within two hours of driving, or if you are 'impaired to the slightest degree' by the presence of alcohol or drugs in your system. In cases of commercial vehicles requiring commercial driver's licenses, a BAC of .04% or more can result in a DUI charge. While penalties for a first time DUI are the most lenient, they can still be considerably harsh. They can include up to 6 months in jail, a $2,500 fine with an 84% surcharge, and a driver’s license suspension from 90 days to 1 year. Additional costs include a $500 prison construction fee and $500 for the state general fund. You could also be required to use an interlock device, attend mandatory alcohol screening and counseling and be placed on probation for up to five years. Contact the Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC today to discuss your options in resolving your DUI case.