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Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are considered the most serious reckless driving charges in the state of Arizona and cause one-third of all traffic fatalities. Due to these statistics, a DUI or DWI are the charges that require the defendant to seek immediate legal representation from an experienced team of criminal defense lawyers.

Drunk driving carries heavy penalties including heavy fines, driving restrictions or license suspension, and jail time. If you have been involved in drunk driving or driving under the influence charge, contact our criminal defense attorneys at Sonoran Law Group, immediately.

 

Types of Drunk Driving Charges

 

DUI and DWI charges are both serious, but there are charges that carry more serious repercussions if indicted. The three types of DUI laws include:

  • Driving under the influence

Every state in the United States considers a DUI or DWI a crime, and both are classified or defined as driving while under the influence or impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.

  • DUI with .08% BAC or higher

BAC or blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher is considered a crime. It is important to note, the state of Arizona is a no-tolerance state, meaning you can be arrested and charged with a DUI or DWI with a BAC of under 0.08%.

  • Felony DUI

Felony charges in Arizona for a DUI or DWI are the most serious felony charges for a DUI or DUI in the state. These crimes may result in a prison sentence.

A DUI or DWI charge is not limited to alcohol. Any driver who is under the influence of marijuana or illegal drugs will also be prosecuted in the court of law under a classification of DUI or DWI.

In order to prove an individual is guilty, the following procedures must take place and the following must be proven:

  • The vehicle was controlled, driven by, and steered by the individual under the influence.
  • The person in question had a measured BAC of 0.08% (or less, in the state of Arizona) while driving.

What Happens with a Felony DUI Charge?

First-time offenses in Arizona for DUI and DWI crimes are misdemeanors, but under certain circumstances, the DUI or DWI are classified as a felony charge, which is an incredibly serious charge. A criminal lawyer will need to be hired or consulted in order to represent you in your pending case or trial.

There are multiple circumstances that can impact your case. Our criminal defense attorneys will ask the right questions and attempt to reduce a felony charged, based on the evidence presented in your case.

If an impaired driver is involved in injuring, killing, or causing criminal damage to another person or property, the sentence for the driver dramatically increases and may result in years of prison time. Likewise, an individual who has had recurring DUI or DWI offenses will face harsher punishment in the trial, due to the recurrence of disorderly conduct and reckless driving.

What Should You Do After Receiving a DUI or DWI?

It is critical to call our team of criminal defense attorneys in Scottsdale, AZ, to look over your case and guide you to a fair trial. There are underlying circumstances that can hurt or help your case, and our team of expert attorneys understands where to look and what to look for when it comes to a DUI or DWI case.

Call us today, and schedule a consultation with our team.

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