What does it mean to drive under the influence?
You may be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if you operate a vehicle after using alcohol, marijuana, drugs, or any other substance that may impair your driving, even in the slightest degree.
How much trouble are you in?
The severity of the crime is largely determined by your blood alcohol level. You may be found guilty of DUI if your blood alcohol level is over 0.08%. Once your blood alcohol level exceeds 0.15%, you may be convicted of extreme DUI, which carries harsher penalties. If you are under the influence of illegal drugs or certain prescription drugs, you can still be convicted of DUI even if you do not have alcohol in your bloodstream. There is also a DUI under 0.08% which you may receive if you break any traffic law with any measurable alcohol in your system.
You have the right to remain silent.
Whether you are innocent or guilty, it is important that you exercise this right. You cannot talk your way out of being arrested. Waiving your right to remain silent will only hurt your case. You have the right to an attorney. Until you talk to an attorney, say nothing. If there is a time to talk to the police, your attorney will let you know.
Comply with police orders.
Although you do not have to talk to the police, you do have to comply with their orders. Arizona law requires blood evidence in DUI cases. Do not refuse the police blood test. Noncompliance will only get you a year’s suspension of your license in addition to the DUI charge. Don’t argue with the officer, and absolutely do not resist arrest. Don’t play games with the police. It will only buy you more trouble.
Don’t be a repeat offender.
If you are convicted of DUI, you will make things much worse for yourself if you are convicted again. If you have three or more DUIs within a seven year period or receive a DUI when your license has already been revoked or suspended, you may be charged with an Aggravated DUI, which carries much harsher penalties. You could end up with a hefty fine and a jail sentence. Don’t drive under the influence!
If you have been charged with DUI, then you need the help of an experienced attorney. Contact us today at 602-870-9700 to schedule a consultation with attorney Robert Newell.