DUI Law Attorney In Flagstaff, Arizona
Arizona has some of the country’s most beautiful drives. However, when you drive under the influence and are pulled over, you stop enjoying the scenery and start worrying about the charges against you. If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Flagstaff, Arizona, you need the help of a professional DUI law attorney. The Kaiser Law Group is here to help you get the legal guidance you need, so contact us today.
Benefits Of Hiring A DUI Attorney
DUI charges can carry stiff penalties, so you should hire an attorney to try and avoid those, especially if this isn’t your first offense. We can try to reduce your sentence drastically. Some of the other reasons you should hire a lawyer from us to help you include:
- We have experience: Our lawyers have over 80 years of combined experience helping clients, so when you trust us with your case, you trust someone who knows all of the ins and outs of the law.
- We can actually save you money: You may think that hiring a lawyer is expensive, and you’re right that we need to charge a fee to make a profit. However, we use our knowledge and skills to help streamline your case, which saves you courtroom fees and possible consequences; you may save in the long run.
- We can help you recover: A DUI normally costs your license, and this charge will stay on your record for a while. We can help you get your license back and possibly expunge the DUI from your records.
While we can’t guarantee these benefits, we can guarantee that we’ll work with you closely and do everything in our power to help you get the best results from your case.
Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About DUI In Arizona
Below, we’ve provided answers to some questions we often get asked by clients and prospective clients. After reading, feel free to contact us to answer to any additional questions you may have.
When is a DUI considered a felony?
How a DUI offense is charged varies based on a number of important factors, including the person’s measured blood-alcohol content, any prior convictions for DUI and how recently convictions occurred, whether there was a minor passenger in the vehicle and whether the alleged drunk driver was involved in an accident resulting in injury or death.
That being said, here are DUI offenses likely to be charged as a felony:
- Committing a DUI offense while your license has already been suspended for a previous DUI
- Committing a DUI offense during a court-ordered period requiring an ignition interlock device
- A third-offense DUI (or more) within a period of 84 months
- Committing a DUI offense with a passenger under the age of 15 in the vehicle
To fully understand your own charges and the potential consequences, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney.
What are the penalties for a DUI conviction?
Penalties will depend on the specific charges, which will depend on the details mentioned above. Everything is contextual. A first-offense DUI with a blood-alcohol content between .08% and .149% will likely result in:
- At least 10 days in jail
- A fine of at least $1,250
- Mandatory community service
- Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device
- Mandatory alcohol abuse screening, treatment and/or education
Penalties increase with subsequent offenses and with aggravating factors such as an elevated BAC.
How can you get your driver’s license back after a DUI?
There are two common ways to have your license suspended. If convicted of DUI, your license will be suspended by the court. If charged with DUI, especially if you refused a mandatory breath-alcohol or blood-alcohol test, you could receive an “administrative suspension” imposed by the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles. The length of suspension will depend on the circumstances under which it was suspended and the other facts of your case.
Most of the time you cannot apply to have your license reinstated until the period of suspension is completed. When the suspension period expires and you have completed all requirements of your sentence, you can apply to have your license reinstated. The process will include filling out application paperwork and paying fees, and obtaining/submitting an SR-22 insurance certificate.
In some cases, people who have had their license suspended may be granted restricted driving privileges before the official end of the suspension period. This is something you should discuss with your attorney to see if you might qualify.
How long does it take for a DUI to come off your record?
The answer to this question depends on what type of “record” you are focused on. A conviction for DUI in Arizona will stay on your criminal record forever and will typically be discoverable in any criminal background check (such as those performed by a potential employer). In some cases, the conviction can be “set aside,” but that won’t entirely remove it from your record.
A DUI on your record will also have an impact for any subsequent DUI charges you incur, but these are time limited. If you were convicted of a first-offense misdemeanor DUI, for instance, the conviction would enhance penalties for any subsequent DUIs that occur within seven years.
Contact An Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer In Flagstaff
Our office of lawyers has over eight decades of experience, so we know how to investigate, develop and present your case professionally and effectively. Call us today at 928-278-4748 for a consultation or contact us online.