Being pulled over on suspicion of an Arizona DUI can be frightening. Not only are you in danger of being convicted of a criminal offense but you may also lose your driving privileges. Many people do not believe that there is anything that can be done if they have been arrested for driving under the influence. Such is not always the case. A criminal defense attorney can often point out mistakes or inaccuracies that were made during your arrest. Such errors may lead to the charges being dismissed. Bretton Barber is a Phoenix criminal defense attorney who devotes his practice to protecting the rights of the accused. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
Phoenix lawyer handling criminal DUI charges and MVD license suspension issues
Arizona has several different levels of DUI for which a person can be convicted. It is illegal for adults to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above .08 or while under the influence of any controlled substance (including prescription medication) which can alter one’s judgement. A no tolerance alcohol policy exists for minors under the age of 21; they will face charges if any trace of alcohol is found in their bloodstream. Furthermore, if one is driving a commercial vehicle at the time of arrest then the BAC limit is .04 or less. An alcohol content of above .15 can result in even more extreme charges and penalties. Types of charges a resident may face include:
- General Misdemeanor DUI
- Extreme and Super Extreme DUI
- DUI of a person under the age of 21
- DUI of a person who holds a CDL license
- Drug related DUI charges
One facing such charges should contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Bretton assists Arizona residents charged with DUI. The police are required to follow certain procedures during the process and, if they fail to do so, you may be able to have the charges dismissed. For example, if your blood was tested by an officer in the field then it is possible that the machine malfunctioned or was not properly maintained. It is also possible that you were unlawfully pulled over, or there was not enough evidence to investigate you for suspicion of DUI. Bretton will explore such issues, and more, and work to ensure that all of your options remain open. Barber is an aggressive DUI attorney who knows that DUI cases are not open and shut, and who will win the best outcome possible for your case. Call our lawyer today. In addition to Phoenix we represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.
Arizona attorney handling both criminal charges and MVD penalties
There are two parts to dealing with a DUI charge. The first is addressing the criminal charges in Municipal or Justice Court. The second is to deal with the issue of an automatic license suspension from the MVD. In Arizona, your license will be suspended automatically fifteen days after your arrest for DUI. The suspension is up to 90 days if you complied with a request for a blood draw, and up to two years if you refused. This suspension may be challenged so that you don’t lose your driving privileges so soon, however a formal hearing must be requested with MVD. But many people do not realize that the criminal Courts and the MVD are separate and do not work together. Bretton stays with clients through both the criminal charges and the MVD hearings. Contact our office today for more information.