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Being proactive is important after an arrest for DUI

Posted by Craig Penrod | Mar 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

Should you be facing an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI), it is important not to waste time regarding your legal defense. There are three aspects of a DUI case where it is best to be proactive. This may help you as the accused in a DUI case and it may help your DUI lawyer to prepare a better defense regarding the charges you are facing.

In Tempe, Phoenix or other communities in Maricopa County, it is important that you consult Arizona lawyers experienced in DUI and related offenses like those associated with the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C.

No matter what charges you face, there are several strategies where a DUI lawyer may be proactive when it comes to your defense. They may include:

  • Questioning the accuracy of facts in your case;
  • Reviewing the evidence in your case;
  • Demonstrating that the allegations are out of character for you;
  • Making certain that the judge and prosecutor have a clear perception of you and the charges against you; and
  • Making certain that you take proactive steps in any suggested rehabilitation.

The first thing you need to do is stop drinking beverages containing alcohol and to discontinue the use of any other substance, such as marijuana or illegal narcotics. It doesn't matter if this is your first DUI arrest or your second. The reason why you need to stop drinking alcohol and using marijuana is that you will be required to be assessed for alcohol and drug usage. Obviously, if the urinalysis test has positive results or if you inform the counselor that you have continued to drink alcoholic beverages following your DUI arrest, the counselor may report that you have a problem.

It is also important that you schedule an alcohol and drug assessment. Unless your DUI charge is dismissed, the judge presiding over your case will require that you submit to an assessment. Completing the assessment ahead of time will provide your DUI lawyer more information to present to the prosecutor about your situation. It is important to remember that all the prosecutor knows about you is that you have been charged with DUI and that you presumably drank and got behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. They may know other information, but it's likely that they don't know anything else. The more information your DUI lawyer has about your character the better the outcome may be.

Lastly, it is very important that you engage the services of a lawyer who exclusively practices DUI defense. Otherwise, if you engage a lawyer who practices DUI defense as part of a larger legal practice or a lawyer who does it occasionally, it is possible that they won't know the judge, they won't know the prosecutor, they won't be familiar with court procedures or even the law enforcement officers who investigated the charges you are facing.

It is important that your legal situation should be handled by expert professionals with the experience possessed by the attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C. Our office offers free consultations for all DUI and criminal matters. Our Arizona DUI attorneys and Arizona criminal lawyers can provide you with the experience and knowledge needed for qualified representation. An experienced Arizona DUI lawyer is vital in DUI cases and our DUI attorneys set that standard. If you're in need of a criminal defense, our Arizona criminal attorneys are ready to assist you.

About the Author

Craig Penrod

Craig W. Penrod was born and raised in Arizona and has practiced criminal defense for over 30 years. Mr. Penrod is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, State of Nevada Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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