Being charged with a DUI in the State of Arizona is a serious offense and should not be taken lightly. Having the right Arizona DUI attorney who knows and understands the specifics of your case can be tremendously helpful. To explain why, let’s take a look at what the state has to prove in a DUI case.
The State of Arizona’s case against those charged with a DUI
When forming a case against someone charged with a DUI, the state’s main goal is to gather evidence showing that the person being charged with the DUI was one, driving, or two, in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence or impaired.
To establish this, the state will look at the physical symptoms of impairment, driving symptoms of impairment, verbal admissions and physical chemical tests such as a breathalyzer or urine test. Physical symptoms of impairment are things like slurred speech, watery eyes and inability to follow directions. Driving symptoms include erratic, spontaneous braking, straddling the center lane, or following too closely behind another driver. Verbal admissions are statements like, “I shouldn’t have had so much to drink,” or “I only had six drinks all night.”
Arizona’s Implied Consent Law
Arizona’s implied consent law requires that if an arrest is alcohol related, the person arrested is required to take a blood or breath test. That same law says that if the arrest is drug related, the arrested person is required to take a blood or urine test. The State of Arizona will look at all of these things when establishing their case against someone arrested for a DUI.
What a good Arizona DUI defense attorney will do for those charged with a DUI
Every DUI case is unique and should be treated as such. At JacksonWhite, your case is thoroughly investigated based on its facts, not the facts of another DUI charge. Here we carefully review police reports looking for inconsistencies, errors, mistakes and things left out. We interview key officers and witnesses even before the trial to determine the correct facts – cases should not be determined solely on what is on the police report. We ask questions. Was there “probable cause” or reason for arrest? Were there search and seizure issues involved? Was the arrested given the “right to counsel” so that evidence could be preserved appropriately? Was the chemical test given administered properly? Asking these questions, among others, allows us to really investigate on our client’s behalf, all the while making sure the client is up-to-date on the status of their case and our investigation.
Because of the nature of DUI cases and the fact that evidence needs to be preserved and examined quickly, if you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, contact JacksonWhite immediately. Arizona DUI attorney Jeremy Geigle offers a free consultation day or night, and will fight for those wrongfully accused or arrested on a DUI charge.