What is known as a “regular DUI” is two separate charges that are defined in A.R.S. . The first involves driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while impaired to the slightest degree by alcohol or drugs. The second involves having a blood alcohol content of .08 or more within two hours of driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle due to alcohol consumed before the driving or actual physical control.
Under normal circumstances, a “regular DUI” is a class 1 misdemeanor, which is generally punishable by up to six months in jail, probation, and a maximum fine of $2,500. A “regular DUI” is generally charged in one of two ways. The first way is the most common and involves the arresting officer issuing a post-arrest citation, which he or she will also file with the court. The citation will contain a court date, which is an arraignment. When the citation is issued, the involved officer will serve one copy of it on the defendant and then file another copy with the court to initiate criminal action. The suspected DUI driver is then required to appear in court to plead either guilty or not guilty.
The second manner of charging is what is known as “long-form charging.” In this scenario, the officer typically releases the suspect after completing the DUI investigation. Later, usually, after blood test results become available, the officer will forward his investigative materials to the prosecutor’s office. At that point, the State’s attorneys will file a complaint in the court, and a summons will be issued and mailed to the defendant via certified mail. The summons will contain a court date, at which the defendant named in the complaint is required to appear and plead not guilty.
DUI penalties vary depending on the frequency and severity of the offense(s). Someone with a prior offense within the last 84 months will face far more significant penalties than someone who has never been convicted of a DUI. Regardless of whether or not you have a prior offense, you should speak with a qualified Phoenix DUI attorney as soon as possible following charges. The mandatory minimum criminal penalties for first time regular DUI (Impaired the Slightest Degree or BAC .08+) are as follows:
The mandatory minimum criminal penalties for second offense regular DUI (Impaired the slightest degree or BAC .08 +) are as follows:
If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Phoenix to assist you. You must remember that it is the State’s job to convict you, which means you need someone in your corner who understands how to locate and exploit the weaknesses in the government’s evidence. A lawyer can also help you manage the interplay between the criminal court and the MVD, and help you minimize the impact that your DUI arrest will have on the wider aspects of your life. Contact Stone Rose Law today to speak with a DUI defense lawyer about your DUI case here or by calling (480) 498-8998.