Thousands of traffic stops result in arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) every year in Arizona. In 2012, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported 32,119 DUI related arrests. Data from 2013 is still being collected, but in the first half of the year, 14,284 arrests were made for DUIs. Driving under the influence is defined as driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more. The average BAC found in 2012 DUI arrests was .151%, nearly double the legal limit, but in 2013, we saw a slight increase to an average of .154% BAC.
Blood alcohol content is the method for determining whether you are considered under the influence. This can be confusing because often the legal limit is surpassed without the individual “feeling drunk.” There are a variety of DUI classifications based on BAC, including previous convictions, and whether an accident occurred related to the offense. Each classification comes with its own set of penalties and requires a unique strategy for defense.
When charged with a DUI in Arizona, you face penalties from both the criminal court and the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division. The consequences for driving under the influence in Arizona are some of the harshest in the country, which is why it is important for you to have a skilled Phoenix DUI attorney on your side. They can help both minimize the penalties and clear your name. Scott David Stewart, and his team of skilled defense attorneys, will work to defend your case, ensuring you receive the lowest penalties possible.
Arizona law dictates that once an officer has placed you under arrest for a DUI, you are required to take a blood, breath, or urine test. This means if an officer demonstrates reasonable grounds, or has cause to believe you have been driving under the influence, you have given implied consent to a blood alcohol content test. If you refuse the test, your license will be surrendered to the officer, and suspended for at least twelve months. In addition, refusing to take a BAC test will not prevent DUI related charges. In these situations, the prosecution frequently cites refusals as evidence of intoxication.
The penalties associated with driving under the influence (DUI) in Arizona are tough, which is why legal representation is important. Contact the Stewart Law Group as soon as possible when faced with a DUI, so we can begin preparing your defense strategy immediately. Our DUI defense lawyer, Scott Stewart will appear at both the criminal court hearing and the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division hearing to defend your rights.
We have fought all types of DUI charges, from first-time offenses to extreme DUIs to aggravated DUIs. Because Scott David Stewart is trained and practiced as a prosecutor for many years, our firm has a distinct advantage in defending your case. By understanding how the other side thinks, our legal team is able to use that insight to minimize or even eliminate the charges against you. Contact us today to set up a FREE case evaluation to discuss your legal options and learn how our Phoenix DUI Attorney Scott Stewart can help protect your rights and defend your future.