If I’m convicted of violating Arizona DUI laws, what type of sentencing might I receive?
Your sentence depends on a couple of circumstances, like whether or not this is your first offense, or if your drunk-driving caused an accident or injury. In most instances, a DUI sentence will consist of a fine and some jail time. You may also temporarily lose your Arizona driver’s license and be required to enroll in a substance abuse program or facility. In addition, you can expect your auto insurance rates to skyrocket.
While courts in Arizona are known for being strict regarding DUI laws, judges are starting to implement some alternative types of sentencing for those convicted of a DUI. For example, you could be required to install a breath test device in your car (at your own expense) that prevents it from being started if any alcohol is detected. It is also possible for your sentence to include mandatory community service. To increase your chances of obtaining a lesser sentence for your DUI charge, you should think about retaining an attorney who not only practices criminal law in Arizona, but who also understands the ins and outs of DUI law. At the very least, it would be highly beneficial for you to speak with an attorney who can provide you with some insight regarding the specifics of your DUI case and the possible sentences you will face if found guilty in court.
If you need to speak with an attorney about issues related to a DUI arrest, I offer a free DUI consultation and would be happy to assess your case. Please feel free to contact me, criminal defense attorney Jeremy Geigle, on my direct line at 480.818.9943.