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Arja Shah is an experienced Scottsdale criminal defense attorney that has successfully defended over 2,700 clients throughout Arizona, including hundreds of cases in Scottsdale. She founded the Shah Law Firm because she believes everyone who’s charged with a crime deserves access to a rigorous defense. Arja focuses exclusively on criminal defense representation and understands the criminal justice system in the State of Arizona on a deeper level. Her dedication and tenacity has led to a high number of successful outcomes both outside the courtroom and at trial.
Protect Your Rights: It’s important to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law. Arja believes this wholeheartedly. Having a skilled and capable Scottsdale criminal defense attorney will ensure that you are treated that way. Make sure you rights are protected by choosing Arja Shah today.
Avoid Unnecessary Jail Time and Fees: Without an accomplished Scottsdale defense attorney at your side, you could end up facing the maximum penalty or being sentenced to unnecessary jail or prison time. In addition, you could also end up paying extremely high court fines and fees because you didn’t have an attorney negotiating or fighting on your behalf.
Affordable Rates and Payment Plans: The Shah Law Firm offers clients affordable rates and payment plans. Get the representation you deserve at a fair price.
Misdemeanor Criminal Charges
Even misdemeanor charges could come with life-altering consequences. If you are charged with any type of misdemeanor crime, it is important to speak with a Scottsdale attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your options. Scottsdale lawyer, Arja Shah will work to help you avoid jail time and fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed.
Implied Consent Law of Scottsdale
When you apply for a driver’s license in Arizona, you agree to be tested for drugs or alcohol should you get stopped by law enforcement and are suspected of drug or alcohol use. This agreement, known as “implied consent”, allows the state to suspend your driving privileges in the case you refuse to be tested for drug or alcohol use.
You may legally refuse to be tested, but you should first weigh out the consequences as this could cause you even more problems, especially if your livelihood requires driving.
During your stop, you will be issued the pink Admin Per Se Form / Implied Consent Affidavit. If you were not issued one of these, Call Arja Shah immediately at (602) 888-0369.
The Different Types of Scottsdale DUI Charges & Penalties for Each
In Arizona, there are different types of DUI charges that can be brought against you, if you are caught under the influence while driving. A first offense DUI is generally a misdemeanor, but even this could have dire consequences. The different types of DUIs are as follows…
Regular Scottsdale DUI (First Offense)
If you get stopped by law enforcement while driving and test positive for alcohol consumption with a concentration of 0.08 or more in your blood or 0.04 for those with a commercial driver’s license, then you will be arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI). However, even if your alcohol levels are 0.05 you may face criminal charges on the presumption you are under the influence.
Penalties for First Offense DUI in Scottsdale
Spend “ten” days in jail, not eligible for probation or suspension, unless the entire sentence is served.
Pay no less than a $250 fine.
May be court-ordered to perform community restitution.
Pay a $500 assessment fee.
Pay an additional $500 assessment fee.
If intoxicating liquor was involved in the violation, the person will be required to equip their motor vehicle with a certified ignition interlock device for 12 months or more, pursuant to section 28-3319.
Complete a traffic survival course.
Extreme DUI / Super Extreme DUI
If you are stopped while driving and test positive for alcohol consumption with a concentration level of 0.15 or more but less than 0.20 you will be charged with an “extreme DUI”. Concentration levels of more than 0.20 shall be charged with a super extreme DUI.
Penalties for Extreme DUI / Super Extreme DUI Charges in Scottsdale
Serve no less than “thirty” consecutive days in jail for extreme DUI and forty-five for super extreme DUI, not eligible for probation or suspension, unless the entire sentence is served.
Pay no less than a $250 fine for extreme DUI and $500 for super extreme DUI.
May be court-ordered to perform community restitution for both extreme and super extreme DUI.
Pay a $1,000 assessment fee for both extreme and super extreme DUI.
Pay an additional $250 assessment fee for both extreme and super extreme DUI.
Pay an additional $1,000 assessment fee for both extreme and super extreme DUI.
If intoxicating liquor was involved in the violation, the person will be required to equip their motor vehicle with a certified ignition interlock device for 12 months or more, pursuant to section 28-3319 for both extreme and super extreme DUI.
Complete a traffic survival course for both extreme and super extreme DUI.
Felony Aggravated DUI
An aggravated DUI in Scottsdale, AZ. consists of additional “aggravating factors” that turn a misdemeanor into a felony, which is a much more serious charge. This happens when other conditions are present at the time of arrest, including:
More than one DUI within seven years.
Driving under the influence with a passenger under the age of 15.
Driving under a Revoked, suspended, or restricted license.
Alcohol consumption resulted in people or property damages.
Driving without an interlock device when required to.
Penalties for Aggravated DUI
A Felony Aggravated DUI is a felony subject to much harsher punishment. When charged with Aggravated DUI, you can expect the following penalties:
more jail time of at least 4 months
fines and assessment charges for over $3000
a 3-year license suspension
a mandatory ignition interlock device for at least 24 months
many more hours of counseling classes
probation that could last ten years or more
A permanent felony on your record that could ruin you
Not to mention other fees such as monthly class charges, fees for reinstating your license after three years, the price for installing the interlock device, additional insurance rates since your bill will be raised, and to top it all off, you may lose your job if it is a felony-free workplace.
The Different Courts in Scottsdale and Jurisdictions
Jurisdiction and case types divide the courts in Scottsdale, AZ. For example, the Scottsdale City Court limits jurisdiction to hearing misdemeanor cases that occurred in the city. Justice and Municipal Courts also hear misdemeanor cases, along with civil small claims cases that involve $3,500 or less. Superior Courts hear felony cases. To find out which court is hearing your case, check the citation you were given at the time of arrest or speak to your defense lawyer.
What To Do If Pulled Over by Scottsdale Police for DUI
When pulled over by a Scottsdale police officer, try to remain calm even if you had been drinking a bit. Put your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them and if you have any firearms in the vehicle let him know. Do not reach in your glove box for your insurance and registration papers until the officer asks for them.
It is important to know your rights: You have the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and the right to refuse a field sobriety test.
However, refusing to take the tests will result in a one-year suspension of your driver’s license (two-years if you refused a test within the past 84 months). First, the officer will confiscate your driver’s license and issue you a temporary one that is valid for 15 days. Next, he will suspend your license, which will take effect in 15 days.
If you had been drinking, it is up to you to weigh out the consequences: a year of using public transportation or being arrested and sitting jail, paying multiple fines, taking classes, and more. What’s the worst that can happen? The officer could issue a warrant to make you comply and take the test, but he would have to be certain that you had been drinking to do this.
In the case you are arrested, invoke your right to an attorney and remain silent. Keep in mind you can’t talk your way out of this one, but you may say enough to put yourself in more hot water. You may not be able to talk your way out of it, but Arja Shah might be able to. This is why you should take her number down and keep it handy at all times. Remember, if you ask to speak to your lawyer, they have to allow it. Call the Shah Law Firm right away.
Why You Need An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Scottsdale
There are many different types of criminal charges that can suddenly be brought upon you. No matter which crime you are accused of, with these types of cases it is essential that you have an attorney represent you during the different Scottsdale court hearings.
Without an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you and consult with, you could get the maximum penalty, including prolonged jail time and extremely high fees to pay. Your back will be against the wall and you won’t know where to turn or who to trust.
Nobody can tell you whom to trust, but if a Scottsdale defense lawyer has already helped so many others get out of predicaments like the one you are in, then they must be trustworthy and loyal to their clients. Arja has had numerous successful outcomes, both at trial and outside the courtroom. She knows what needs to be done and how to do it, so you can rest assured you are in the best hands and your punishment will be reduced to the bare minimum, if not abolished completely with Arja there to assist you.
Contact the Shah Law Firm today and personally speak to Arja who will give you her undivided attention as she does for all her clients.
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