When you are charged with a DUI for the first time, it can be a frightening experience. We’re all familiar with ravaging effects of a DUI, but many people think it won’t happen to them or may make a mistake without thinking at all. However, when you have an attorney on your side, you will find getting through the process is easier and less stressful. With the right representation, we may be able to help you get your charges reduced or even dropped altogether. This depends greatly on the details of your case, but a consultation with one of our DUI lawyers can help you determine the best course of action for your defense.
The Potential Consequences
A first DUI comes with specific consequences. While you may not receive all of them, most people who are charged with a DUI will end up facing at least some of them. You could end up receiving up to five years on probation, an ignition locking device, up to six months of alcohol classes, up to six months in jail, fines up to $1,500 and/or a license suspension between six months and three years. These penalties are up to your judge and may be reduced or eliminated with the help of an experienced lawyer.
Even after your sentence is carried out, there can be long-term consequences associated with getting a DUI, even the first time. A conviction of a DUI will go on your permanent criminal record, which can have a negative impact on many areas of your life. It will appear in background checks for new jobs or any other purpose. Some employers may see this type of conviction as a risk. This is particularly true if your job requires you to drive a company vehicle. It will severely limit the types of jobs you can get. In addition, a DUI conviction can cause financial strain due to fines, lawyer fees, missed time at work and even the cost of the ignition lock.
Even if your first DUI in Arizona is dismissed, you could still face some of the negative long-term consequences. This is why it’s so important to fight against your charges from the start. As soon as they are filed, you could be setting yourself up for a long road, even if we are able to get them dropped.
How We Can Help
When you consult with us about your DUI case, we will put our best attorneys on the job, working your case for you. We will comb over all the details of the case and determine where there may be loopholes that allow us to either reduce or eliminate your charges. Officers often make procedural errors that can be used to your advantage. However, they can be difficult to spot for the average person. We are experienced in handling DUI cases of all types and work hard to make sure you get the representation you require to ensure the best possible results for your unique case.