Premier DUI Lawyer – We Fight For You!
For over two decades, the experienced legal team at Allen & Associates has provided clients with the premier DUI lawyer available. Our legal experts have represented thousands of clients in the Phoenix metropolitan area since 1996. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can result in serious consequences, and if you are facing DUI/DWI charges, it is critical that you receive the very best in legal advice and legal representation to preserve your freedom and to protect your rights. If you or someone you love has been arrested for a DUI, call Allen & Associates today at (480) 899-1025.
Driving Under the Influence — What Does That Mean?
When you get behind the wheel of your car, you are in charge of a potentially dangerous object. Focus is critical to prevent crashes and injuries to yourself or other drivers. Drinking alcohol or taking drugs before driving can negatively impact your ability to navigate safely.
In Arizona, an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) can result in steep fines, jail time, the loss of your right to operate a motor vehicle, and even completion of drug education/addiction counseling. These criminal charges are also sometimes referred to as DWI crimes, or “Driving While Intoxicated”. Laws vary from state to state regarding legal alcohol limits measured by BAC, or “blood alcohol concentration”. Arizona state laws for DUI fall into three major categories:
- Standard DUI — classified as 0.08% BAC or more, or 0.04% if you are operating a commercial vehicle. Anyone under the age of 21 can be charged with a DUI if any percentage of alcohol is present. Underage drinking and driving is a very serious matter in the state of Arizona.
- Extreme DUI — this is classified as operating a vehicle if BAC is 0.15% or higher.
- Aggravated DUI — aggravated DUI charges arise in circumstances like committing a DUI if your license is suspended, revoked, or cancelled. If a passenger of your vehicle is under the age of 15 when you commit a DUI, you may also be charged with an aggravated DUI. Finally, if you have three or more DUIs in an 84-month period, aggravated DUI charges are applied to the 3rd and subsequent arrests.
Additional charges may be added to the DUI arrest if there is an injury to another motorist, cyclist, or pedestrian as a result of the DUI. Property damage charges may also be part of the equation as a result of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Open container violations, such as when there is the presence of alcohol in the vehicle during a traffic stop, can also impact the types and severity of charges.
Each city or municipality in Arizona may also have their own laws and limits regarding driving under the influence. It is also important to know that law enforcement officials and courts have the discretion to charge citizens with a DUI even if BAC levels are below the legal limits stated above.
Typically, police or other law enforcement officials will determine BAC through the use of a Breathalyzer or blood sample administered by a medical professional. Field sobriety tests such as roadside skills and coordination tests may also be administered. These tests are used when there is a suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in excess of legal limits. Failure to submit to a Breathalyzer or blood test or refusing to participate in field sobriety test can result in additional criminal charges as well as the loss or suspension of your driver’s license.
It goes without saying that the more severe the charges, the more severe the penalties imposed by state or local law enforcement officials and by Arizona motor vehicle licensing authorities. You could have your license suspended or revoked, incur high financial penalties, or even go to jail. If you or a loved one is charged with a DUI, it is absolutely critical that you speak to an experienced DUI lawyer immediately. A DUI defense attorney will have the legal advice and representation you need to to preserve your freedom and to protect your rights under state and local laws.
A Personalized DUI Lawyer at Allen & Associates
Jamal F. Allen and the expert legal team at Allen & Associates have been representing clients charged with DUI offenses for over 20 years. We are the leading DUI lawyer in the region in and around Phoenix, Arizona. We understand that each case is different, and the circumstances behind each DUI arrest vary from case to case. In order to provide our clients with the very best DUI defense attorney available, we take the time to listen to our clients. You will have many questions about your case, such as what your legal rights are, whether you will go to jail, or how long your license may be suspended. By personalizing our legal representation, we put our clients at ease, giving them the knowledge that we work hard to preserve those rights and freedoms so critical to their lives.
The legal team at Allen & Associates handles all aspects of a DUI case, from the initial arrest and investigation to the court appearance itself, any pre- or post-trial hearings, and even helping in restoring your rights and motor vehicle license after a DUI arrest. We have the experience, the legal knowledge, and the track record of success our clients deserve. For the best possible outcome in a DUI/DWI arrest, trust the DUI lawyer professionals at Allen & Associates.
Call Allen & Associates Today to Learn More
Being arrested for a DUI is a serious matter that can impact your future and your freedom. If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, competent legal representation is only a phone call away. Call the legal team at Allen & Associates today at (480) 899-1025 or contact us online for your free, no-obligation initial consultation. Our DUI lawyer is the trusted choice for clients throughout the state of Arizona. At Allen & Associates, We Fight for You!