In Arizona, the penalties for driving under the influence are significant even after a first time offense and become more severe for subsequent offenses or with the involvement of certain aggravating factors. The penalties are dictated largely by your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as measured within two hours after driving. Regardless of the specific circumstances in your DUI case, working with an experienced Mesa DUI lawyer with the Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC will ensure a well prepared and aggressive defense on your behalf.
For a first time DUI, the minimum penalty can include 1-10 days in jail, 90 days to 1 year driver’s license suspension, a $2500 fine plus surcharge, a $500 prison construction fee, and $500 to the state general fund. You will also be required to use an ignition interlock device, undergo alcohol screening and counseling and can also be placed on probation for up to 5 years. The maximum penalty, in the absence of mitigating factors, is the same as the minimum, with the exception of an increase in jail time of up to 6 months and a fine of $2,500, with an 85% surcharge.
A felony aggravated DUI carries more extreme penalties, a first time aggravated DUI can result in a maximum prison sentence of 3.75 years, a 3-year license revocation and a $150,000 fine, with an 84% surcharge. The minimum penalty for felony DUI includes 4 months in state prison as a term and condition of probation. Subsequent violations will usually result in harsher punishments.Mesa DUI Lawyer
When you are facing the possibility of a DUI conviction, Mr. Buckallew has the experience and knowledge necessary to prepare a well formulated legal defense on your behalf. He will ensure that you understand your rights, that you know what to expect throughout the various stages of your case, and that your Constitutional rights are protected throughout the process. The Firm will conduct a thorough investigation of your case, identify procedural, factual and legal weaknesses in your case, and prepare an aggressive defense on your behalf. His passion for criminal defense and an extensive understanding of the criminal justice system is evident in the results Attorney Trent Buckallew has achieved on behalf of many of his clients.
Contact the Firm today for a free evaluation of your DUI case to discuss your legal options and how to avoid the possible penalties you may be facing