The Arizona Legislature continues to update and change Arizona's DUI laws, making them some of the strictest laws in the country. The Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C., would like to remind you that it is more important than ever for those charged with driving under the influence to seek proper and qualified legal representation when choosing an Arizona DUI attorney.
A conviction under the new Arizona DUI statute brings with it stiffer penalties including increased jail time, fines, an ignition interlock device and license suspension, even for first time offenders. With so much at stake, finding an Arizona DUI lawyer who can mount a viable criminal defense is imperative. A creative and experienced lawyer can be a harbor in a tempest and can help minimize the penalties which you may be facing. While having a drink and driving is not illegal, many people don't realize when they have crossed the line to “impaired to the slightest degree” which make them subject to Arizona's strict laws and the potential consequences which follow.
Among the laws now in place are that all offenders, even first time offenders, will be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for at least one year. This acts as a breathalyzer which you are required to blow into before starting your vehicle and intermittently while driving. If the device detects alcohol, your vehicle will not start and your failed attempt will be reported to the Motor Vehicle Division. In addition to the cost of installation, this device costs the consumer an average of $80 a month.
Other penalties under the new law for first time offenders include a minimum 90-day license suspension, up to six months in jail and fines beginning at approximately $1,800. The amount of fines and your jail sentence increase depending upon the result of your breath or blood alcohol analysis and whether it is a first, second or subsequent offense. The law is clear and the penalties are harsh. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, the fact remains that you have rights. And those rights should enforced by an experienced DUI attorney.
While no attorney can ever guarantee the outcome of your case, the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod has limited its practice to DUI and criminal defense, and employs a team concept in which four of the finest DUI lawyers in the state work together to champion your cause. Don't wait to consult an attorney and retain the legal representation you need.