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GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful, Christine Jones and her DUI

Posted by Craig Penrod | Oct 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful, Christine Jones and her DUI

Recently reported on ABC15.com, and other sources, GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Christine Jones was convicted in 2006 of a misdemeanor DUI, serving ten days in jail (with nine suspended), paying fines and a year of probation, along with alcohol counseling, the typical sentence for a first time offender with a Blood Alcohol Content over a .08.

The incident took place in 2004, and after a lengthy pretrial process, was finally concluded in 2006.  She was pulled over for making an unsafe lane change and ultimately cited for DUI.

Jones, a former executive for GoDaddy the internet hosting giant, is also an attorney and is running for the top Arizona spot to replace Jan Brewer in the 2014 gubernatorial race.  Brewer will be leaving office due to term limits.

"There was no one in the car with me at the time, there was no accident and fortunately no one was hurt," Jones said in a press release last Tuesday.  "I went to court and paid my dues like everyone else.  It is a mistake that I very much regret and I am not proud of that night."

And she is right...she was convicted, she paid her dues.  Does a DUI conviction invalidate anyone receiving one from getting a job or holding public office for the rest of their lives?

It shouldn't, and ultimately it probably won't in this case, but these news stories do underline the fact that a DUI conviction in Arizona is no laughing matter.  DUI charges need to be taken seriously, and if you receive them, you should seek experienced counsel immediately.

DUI Penalties in Phoenix

A simple, first offense DUI in Arizona (with a BAC over .08) may carry with it a minimum penalty of:

  • 10 days in jail with up to 9 suspended if you complete the following,
  • 12 months of unsupervised probation
  • $1250.00 in fines and fees, plus an 80% surcharge
  • Substance evaluation and recommended counseling
  • Jail fees
  • Ignition Interlock device for 12 months
  • 90 suspension of your driver's license

This represents the minimum sentence in a first offense, non-extreme DUI case.

The maximum sentence, as a class one misdemeanor is up to six months in jail and a $2500 in fines.

A second, non-extreme DUI in Arizona may carry with it the following minimum sentence:

  • 30 days in jail
  • $1750 in fines and fees, plus an 80% surcharge
  • Jail fees
  • Substance abuse evaluation and treatment
  • Probation and probation fees
  • Driver's license revoked for a minimum of one year
  • Ignition Interlock Device for one year once your driver's license is reinstated.

A first offense, Extreme DUI carries with it the minimum penalty of:

  • 30 days in jail
  • $2500 dollars in fines and fees, plus an 80% surcharge
  • Jail fees
  • Substance abuse evaluation and treatment
  • 90 day suspension of your driver's license
  • Probation and probation fees
  • Ignition Interlock device for 12 months

The minimum sentence for a second offense, Extreme DUI is:

  • 120 days in jail
  • $3000 in fines and fees, plus an %80 surcharge
  • Jail fees
  • Substance abuse evaluation and treatment
  • Probation and probation fees
  • Driver's license revoked for a minimum of one year
  • Ignition interlock device for 12 months.

A first offense Super Extreme DUI case carries with it a sentence of at least:

  • 45 days in jail
  • Approximately $6000+ in fines and fees plus surcharges
  • Probation and probation fees
  • 90-day suspension of your driver's license
  • Ignition Interlock device for 18 months.

A second Super Extreme requires at least:

  • 180 days in jail
  • Approximately $17,000 in fines and fees, plus surcharges
  • Probation and probation fees
  • Driver's license revoked for a minimum of one year
  • Ignition interlock device for 24 months

As you can see the potential loss of income and possibility of jail time and probation are severe.  You must also consider the potential loss of income due to the possibility that you will lose your job, the damage to your family and your future.

As Christine Jones' case illustrates, these cases never really go away and can be brought up in future job interviews for years after the case is done and you've served your sentence.

Fortunately for Ms. Jones, this DUI conviction is behind her and more than likely won't cause a disruption to her life or campaign.  Serenading Joe Arpaio and botching numerous facts about Arizona at a charity event will probably have more of an impact on that.

It is imperative that you hire effective legal counsel to represent you and to evaluate your case immediately upon receiving DUI charges.

Craig Penrod has been practicing nothing but DUI defense for over 30 years, and is one of the most skilled DUI defense attorneys in the State of Arizona.  He has assembled a team of attorneys and support staff that is unequaled when it comes to protecting your rights.  He is a recognized expert in DUI defense, having been retained to testify by other DUI attorneys in defense of CEO's, doctors, professional athletes and other high profile cases.

He will bring that knowledge and experience to your case, as well.

Contact the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod at (480) 753-5888 to schedule your free consultation today.

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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