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What happens if I'm convicted of DUI in Arizona?

Facing a criminal charge of any kind is intimidating, and no matter the circumstances of your case, you would be wise to defend yourself. This is also true when facing criminal charges related to drunk driving. A conviction for DUI in Arizona can bring steep penalties, but you have the right to fight for your interests.

It can be helpful to understand what you are up against so that you can build a defense suited to your individual needs and objectives. A DUI conviction is never your only option, and with the right help, it may be possible to protect your interests, mitigate potential penalties or even work to have the case against you dropped.

The high price of a DUI conviction

If someone invited you to a party or gathering recently, you probably made some plans before you went. You likely planned what you would wear, what time you would arrive and what food you would bring. You probably remembered to feed the dog and to leave the porch light on in case it was dark when you got home. After making all these arrangements, you may have forgotten the most important preparation of the night.

Neglecting to arrange a designated driver or other safe ride home likely brought your evening of fun to an all-time low. Arizona and most other states seem to be tightening their DUI laws each year. Gone are lenient sentences and slaps on the wrist. In fact, a DUI conviction could prove a very costly mistake.

Clarification is key to avoiding protection order violations

Many people in Arizona currently face challenges regarding various types of protection orders filed against them. If an incident erupted that led to police coming to your home and arresting you, the court may have already issued an emergency protection order on a short-term basis. The court has several options in place to coincide with different situations that include the ability to change an order, add further restrictions to an existing one or issue a new one altogether.

Defending against accusations of domestic violence

Across the country, laws against domestic violence continue to expand as politicians and advocacy groups become more vocal. Often, when someone accuses an intimate partner of abuse, the court of public opinion quickly finds that person guilty before a hearing, verdict or sentencing can occur.

If someone has accused you of domestic violence, you may be facing a future of uncertainty. Perhaps the allegation has already damaged your reputation. Your job may be on the line as well as your parenting time.

You Do Not Have To Be Driving To Be Charged With DUI

Arizona law states that "it is unlawful for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle" while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In other words, you do not have to be driving to be arrested for DUI. If you were in actual physical control of the vehicle, you could also be charged, convicted and issued serious penalties.

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