A drunk driving arrest can affect your driving record, your driver's license, and even your employment - particularly if your job involves driving and your employer is unable to insure you. Even a conviction for first-offense DUI/DWI can result in significant criminal penalties, civil fines and fees and other consequences. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, never assume the prosecution has everything needed to obtain a conviction. You should always discuss your rights and options with an experienced lawyer in Phoenix to avoid serious DUI/DWI penalties. The lawyers at Kimerer & Derrick, P.C, can provide the relentless defense representation you need when facing DUI/DWI charges in Arizona.
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Arizona has strict drunk driving laws that involve severe penalties - even for first-time offenders. Additionally, any Arizona traffic-related conviction - reckless driving, drunk driving, or causing death in a traffic accident - can never be removed from your record through expungement. Therefore, it is vital that you hire an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer who is dedicated to providing the strongest defense strategy available.
Without effective drunk driving defense, consequences for a first-offense operating while intoxicated conviction can entail:
• Driver's license suspension or revocation
• Mandatory jail time
• Court fines and fees in excess of $1,500
• Civil restitution and other monetary penalties
• DMV points against driver's license, which could result in suspension
• Increased insurance premiums resulting from DUI/DWI conviction
Arizona DUI/DWI penalties increase for repeat offenders, individuals with a high BAC or individuals operating on a CDL (CDL holders are also held to lower BAC restrictions). DUIs can be charged as felonies in Arizona based on factors such as the status of the individual's license at the time of the stop, whether minors were in the vehicle, and based upon the number of prior DUIs. DUIs involving injury or death may result in additional felony charges such as aggravated assault, vehicular homicide, and other related offenses.