Phoenix DUI Attorney
Round-the-Clock Drunk Driving Defense When Your Future Is on the Line
A DUI charge can be complicated and has the potential to negatively impact many aspects of your life. If convicted, a DUI can immediately impact your driving rights. It can also mean jail time, community service, and collateral consequences for your job, among other things. If you have been arrested for DUI, you need to take immediate action.
At MayesTelles, we understand the urgency of a drunk driving arrest. We bring nearly 100 years of collective experience and have handled thousands of cases. Most importantly, we take the time to get to know our clients. We learn all we can about you so that we can succinctly represent your case and aggressively fight the charge.
The Following Advantages Make MayesTelles the Obvious Choice:
- FORMER PROSECUTOR ON YOUR SIDE
- NEARLY 100 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE
- 24/7 AVAILABILITY
- AGGRESSIVE REPRESENTATION
- THOUSANDS OF CASES HANDLED
Because of our dedication to our clients and their rights, our DUI defense lawyers have been able to secure positive outcomes for clients who have been charged with driving under the influence. We have won many victories where the charges were dropped completely or were reduced to lesser offenses. In one case we were able to acquire a dismissal for an individual who faced an Extreme DUI (>.20 BAC) charge.
Types of DUI Cases We Handle
At MayesTelles PLLC, our Phoenix DUI attorneys handle all types and degrees of driving under the influence allegations, including –
- Title 28-1381 Driving Under the Influence
- Title 28-1382 Extreme DUI (BAC of .15 or more)
- Title 28-1383 Aggravated Driving Under the Influence
In Phoenix, Arizona, all DUI cases except aggravated DUI, are considered misdemeanors. Aggravated DUI is the only offense that can be designated a felony.
Extreme DUI § 28-1382
According to Arizona revised statute § 28-1382, it is illegal to drive or operate a vehicle under the extreme influence of alcohol. Individuals with a blood alcohol content of .15% or higher are liable to be charged. There is also charges of “super extreme DUI” that apply if someone has a BAC of .20% or more. Both these infractions are considered class 1 misdemeanors.
Aggravated DUI § 28-1383
Arizona statute § 28-1383 asserts that aggravated DUI is a felony in the eyes of the law. This is a serious charge that can result in jail time, heavy fines, and the relinquishment of your license. There are four ways you can receive an aggravated DUI:
- Driving under the influence when your license has been revoked or suspended
- Receiving three or more DUIs within seven years
- Being charged with a DUI while someone 15 or younger is in the car
- Driving under the influence while under an ignition interlock device (IID) restriction
Field Sobriety Tests & Chemical Tests
Standardized field sobriety tests or “SFSTs” are the tests police officers are trained to use if they suspect someone has been drinking. There is a lot of confusion over what these tests comprise, when they can be used, and whether or not they are required by law, so our Phoenix DUI attorneys have provided answers to some of the most common questions about SFSTs.
When do police use field sobriety tests?
Police are authorized to use standardized field sobriety tests when they believe someone may have been drinking or is intoxicated while driving. This usually happens at routine traffic stops or DUI checkpoints.
What types of field sobriety tests are there?
All police officers must abide by the same rules and procedures for SFSTs, which include three types of tests:
- The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus – the officer will use an object (such as a pen) and ask the subject to track the object from left to right with their eyes. If the subject has difficulty tracking the object, they may be intoxicated.
- Walk and Turn Test – the officer will ask the subject to take nine heel-to-toe steps forward and then turn back and do it again. If they stumble or deviate from the instructions, they may be intoxicated.
- One-Leg-Stand Test – the officer will ask the subject to stand with their feet together, arms at side, and raise one leg six inches off the ground until they are told to stop. If they fall or waver, they may be intoxicated.
Do I have to take the field sobriety test if the officer asks me to?
You do have the right to refuse the field sobriety test because you have not yet been arrested. Refusal to submit to a chemical test after lawful arrest (such as a breath, blood, or urine test), will result in automatic suspension of your driver’s license.
What will happen if I refuse to perform a field sobriety test?
In many cases, if you refuse to perform a field sobriety test at the officer’s request, they will detain you and take you in for a chemical test.
Arizona MVD Hearings
If you were charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended. Same if you refused to take a chemical test. To contest the suspension of your driver’s license, you have 15 days to petition for a hearing with the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD). The MVD hearing is a civil hearing concerning the state of your driving privileges, and is not the same as a criminal hearing.
Why does your DUI case need representation?
A driving under the influence charge can be highly detrimental and affect all aspects of your life. Even a first time offense can lead to severe fines, time in prison, license suspension, and an IID restriction. Not only that, but insurance companies are more likely to increase their premiums because of the charge. You need someone who thoroughly understands the legal system to be on your side.
Arizona processes DUIs with a criminal courtroom proceeding and a civil hearing. These can be difficult to navigate, and if you try to handle yourself, you may aggravate your case. Our lawyers can help represent you effectively and can fight to make sure that one mistake does not tarnish your record.
Contact a Phoenix DUI Lawyer at MayesTelles PLLC!
Time is not on your side when it comes to DUIs. Contact our Phoenix DUI attorneys at MayesTelles PLLC.
We are available 24/7 and offer free case evaluations. Call now to take the first step toward aggressive drunk driving defense!