Gilbert First Time DUI
Work With an Experienced Gilbert DUI Lawyer
If you have been charged with DUI in the Town of Gilbert or anywhere in the State of Arizona, you could be facing significant penalties upon conviction such as jail time, steep fines, ignition interlock device installation, and alcohol treatment classes, among other consequences. Depending on the number of prior criminal convictions and other circumstances surrounding your arrest, the charges and subsequent penalties could be more serious. Even a first time DUI, with no prior convictions or other aggravating factors being considered, can result in harsh penalties so it is important that you have skilled representation on your side to challenge the state's evidence and preserve your legal rights in court.
For a first time (non-extreme) DUI conviction, involving alcohol or drugs and with an alcohol concentration between 0.08% and 0.149% (0.04% or higher for CDL drivers) you could be facing the following penalties:
- Up to 10 days in jail (the court may suspend all but 24 hours of your sentence after successful completion of alcohol screening)
- Minimum fines of approximately $1,500
- Additional fees can include incarceration costs, fees for alcohol treatment classes, probation fees and the cost of the ignition interlock device
- Up to five years of probation
- Up to a one-year license suspension
- Mandatory ignition interlock device installation for 12 months (required for alcohol convictions, but optional by court for drug only convictions)
- If you are under 21 – a 30-day vehicle impound
- Community work service hours
These penalties become progressively harsher if you are convicted of Extreme DUI, Super Extreme DUI, Aggravated DUI, and if you have prior DUI convictions on your record. These penalties can negatively impact a person's daily responsibilities, especially if you rely on your license for transportation to commute to the workplace. In addition to these penalties, you will have a mark on your permanent record that will follow you for the rest of your life. If you are a commercial driver, you could risk losing your job if convicted of a DUI and jeopardize future employment prospects.
Charged with First Time DUI in Gilbert? This Firm can Help!
At the Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC, attorney Trent Buckallew has the background and experience in litigating all types of DUI cases in the Town of Gilbert -- both drug and alcohol related DUI's, aggravated (felony) DUI's, and any other charges involving DUI in Gilbert and throughout the State of Arizona. He has been certified by the State Board of Arizona as a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, meaning he has met the rigorous standards required for this certification. He has a proven track record in successfully resolving countless DUI cases and has achieved acquittals at trial, pre-trial dismissals, and in some cases, a reduction in charges. Mr. Buckallew will launch an aggressive defense on your behalf, challenge the state's evidence and fight for the most favorable outcome possible in your case.
Experienced DUI Lawyer – Gilbert, AZ
Having been in practice for over 20 years, Mr. Buckallew has handled countless Gilbert DUI cases, both in the Gilbert Municipal Court as well the Highland Justice Court (which is inside the Gilbert Municipal Court building, on the 1st floor). If you were arrested for your DUI by the Gilbert Police Department, then you will likely be appearing in the Gilbert Municipal Court (unless your case was filed as a felony). If you were arrested for DUI in the Town of Gilbert by another police agency, including AZ Department of Public Safety (DPS) or Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), then you will likely be appearing in the Highland Justice Court. Felony DUI cases are filed in the Maricopa County superior Court. Regardless of which court your case was filed in, this Firm can help. Mr. Buckallew has handled DUI cases in most Town/City/Justice/Superior Courts in Gilbert and throughout the entire Valley. He personally handles each case from start to finish and is know for vigorously defending his clients in DUI Court.
If you are facing Gilbert DUI charges, contact the Firm today for a free case evaluation.