If you are looking for a Phoenix DUI Lawyer, you probably want someone who is compassionate and seems to understand your particular case. It is likely that you would prefer to deal with an attorney who is friendly and who will take the time to explain what is happening with your DUI charges. You certainly want an attorney who offers you as many options as possible for dealing with these charges. However, what you want more than anything is a lawyer who has the experience and skill to handle your case in the fastest and most professional way possible and to get you the results you want.
Experience That Counts
When you are considering hiring Lane, Hupp & Crowley, PLC , we will show you that we care about you personally. You will feel comfortable with our attorneys and you will be able to us and ask questions. Ultimately, however, having a Phoenix DUI Attorney with the right skill set and experience to handle your case is most important.
Our experience counts when you are looking to defend your DUI case. Whether you are facing a first-time misdemeanor or a fourth felony DUI charge, it is important for you to have Lane, Hupp & Crowley by your side. We understand the law and the implications of any particular action on your behalf.
Did you know that…
- The first 48 hours after your arrest are the most crucial?
- You have rights that can be exercised on your behalf, many of which are ignored by attorneys without proper experience in handling DUI cases?
- Retaining an experienced DUI attorney is the best way to avoid certain charges altogether?
- Even in cases in which your charges cannot be dropped, an experienced lawyer can minimize the impact of most DUI charges by helping you receive the lightest possible penalties?
Can I Handle My Own DUI Case?
It is absolutely legal for you to represent yourself in any criminal action. However, that does not mean that it is the wise choice. While you have the right to represent your own interests and you may be very intelligent, the chances are great that you do not have the specific skills necessary to understand or utilize all the legal defenses available to you. This is one reason why judges always urge defendants to accept an attorney in criminal cases. In fact, there have been instances in which appeals courts have ordered new trials simply because they did not believe the defendant was able to understand and appreciate the magnitude of the charges against him or her and chose to self-represent.
That is not likely to happen if you represent yourself in a DUI case, however. Most likely, you will find that you have trouble dealing with prosecutors, judges and law enforcement. You may find that they consider a self-represented case as an easy win. Even more likely, you will find that they are right and that you have little chance of beating DUI charges when you try to represent yourself, no matter what your education or experience with the courts. It is simply impossible to see your own case from the objective viewpoint you need to represent your legal interest in the best possible way.
If you want to avoid fines, jail time, probation requirements and the loss of your driver’s license or to minimize these penalties to the greatest extent possible, contact Lane, Hupp & Crowley, PLC today.
How Strong Is the Evidence in Your DUI Case?
Challenging blood alcohol tests and breath tests is not as difficult as some people may believe. These tests have their flaws and if they are not administered appropriately a skilled attorney can call their accuracy into questions. Further, if the test was not administered, handled or maintained properly it may not be admissible in Court.
At Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, challenging breath and blood test evidence is an important step in our defense strategy. We know the flaws of these tests. We know the mistakes that are frequently made when they are administered and we know how to fight DUI charges.
To Challenge Breath Tests, We Show the Flaws
Breathalyzers are highly regulated in terms of how they are maintained and calibrated. Improper calibration or maintenance could allow us to have the evidence thrown out. Other factors we will look at in terms of a challenge to breath test evidence include the device’s margin of error, the impact of body temperature on test results and other factors that could speak against the validity of the results.
When Challenging Blood Alcohol Tests, We Find the Weaknesses
In terms of blood tests, there are specific procedures that the medical community has outlined that need to be followed. Historically, we have found that when these tests are administered on a highway by police officers or late at night in a police station, procedure may be neglected.
Alex Lane will review the evidence, even going as far as to bring in experts to review it or have it retested. He will take steps to build a strong case designed to overcome the evidence against you.
Did You Fail the Field Sobriety Tests?
At Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, we strongly believe that field sobriety tests are very inaccurate ways to determine whether a person was intoxicated. These tests have weaknesses. Our attorneys will take the time to specifically examine how the tests were administered in your case. We will seek out the weaknesses and use them to design a legal strategy dedicated to getting you positive results in your DUI case.
The Weaknesses of Field Sobriety Tests
Some of the weaknesses of field sobriety tests are fairly obvious. The reality is that the tests are challenging even if no alcohol has been consumed. When you factor in the additional stress caused by having police pull you over and unexpectedly force you to do these tests, it is a surprise that anyone can pass them. Further, since there is no video taken, the officer must testify as to the results of your test based on his memory. We have found that the results of the test are exaggerated.
Still other weaknesses are unique to individual scenarios. For example, a person with a leg injury may have a great deal of difficulty with the heel-to-toe walk. Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC will take great care in looking over this evidence in search of weaknesses that we can use to strengthen your case.
We Knows How to Fight DUI Charges
You can be assured that Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC know how to challenge field sobriety test evidence. We know how to challenge breath and blood test evidence. We know how to challenge all evidence because we truly understand the evidence the prosecution needs to convict you beyond a reasonable doubt.
As an example, Alex Lane, has previously served as a criminal prosecutor handling serious DUI cases. Part of his job was making certain that evidence was perfectly in line with requirements. Now, that knowledge is used to challenge the prosecution and design strong cases to achieve positive results in DUI cases.
Let a Former Prosecutor Fight for You
Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC strives to help relieve your anxiety. Alex Lane and his staff know how to fight criminal charges. We understand how stressful this experience is and we are committed to answering all of your questions and keeping you informed of all aspects of your case. Alex Lane has a long history of fighting criminal cases.
Attorney Alex Lane worked as a prosecutor for three years. Much of his time was spent in the Vehicular Crimes Bureau in the Major Crimes Division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. This division focused on the most serious felony DUI cases, most of which involved serious injury or death. As such, Mr. Lane was involved in a large number of serious cases.
In addition, Mr. Lane has attended numerous seminars put on for law enforcement personnel and prosecuting attorneys. Many of these seminars discussed investigative tactics and trial techniques, and strategies of prosecutor. Because of this extensive experience, Mr. Lane has a complete understanding of how the police and prosecutors work, and can bring this experience to the table to defend you in your case.
Alex Lane is committed to putting his experience to use and getting you the best results possible and has the experience you need for a strong defense.
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We have experience in representing clients who are facing criminal allegations; we know how to investigate such matters and anticipate what the State will use against you. Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC also has the availability to consult with several forensic experts to build a strong defense.
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Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC will offer you our lowest rates, and payment plans are available. Let Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC deal with the complexity and anxiety of this situation for you. You can be confident that you will be in good hands and that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About DUI in Arizona
What is the legal blood alcohol concentration limit in Arizona?
If you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more you will be charged with DUI. However, due to Arizona’s zero tolerance statutes, you can be arrested and charged with DUI if you have any amount of alcohol in your body while operating a motor vehicle.
What should I say if I’m stopped by a police officer and they ask me if I’ve been drinking?
You are not required to answer any potentially incriminating questions.
What should I do if police officer asks me to submit to field sobriety tests?
You should politely refuse all requests to complete field sobriety tests. Often the police officer has already decided on making a DUI arrest prior to making these requests and is using these tests to help collect additional evidence against you.
Can I choose what type of DUI chemical test I am required to take?
No. In Arizona, you do not have a choice between a breath, blood or urine test. A police officer can require a urine test if either breath or blood testing is unavailable or if the officer has reason to suspect you are under the influence of a controlled substance.
Can I be arrested for a DUI in Arizona if I refuse to consent to a breath, blood or urine test?
Yes. Under the implied consent statutes in Arizona, a driver suspected of DUI who refuses to submit to a breath, blood or urine test can have their driving privileges suspended for twelve months.
Can I get charged with a DUI for driving after taking drugs?
Yes. Driving under the influence does not only refer to being under the influence of alcohol, but also the influence of drugs and controlled substances.
The DUI test showed my BAC was over .08, should I just plead guilty?
No. It is very unlikely you will gain any benefit by pleading guilty in your case. Exercise your constitutional right and require the State of Arizona to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The police officer never gave me a “Miranda” warning. Can’t I get my case dismissed?
No. Although police officers are supposed to give a 5th Amendment or “Miranda” warning following an arrest, they sometimes fail to do so. The only consequence is that the State cannot use any of your answers to questions that were asked by the police following the arrest.
Will I go to jail if I am convicted of DUI in Arizona?
Yes. If you are convicted of DUI in Arizona, you will be required to serve at least one day in jail. That minimum sentence is up to the discretion of the Judge and can only be granted if you have completed a Court ordered alcohol or other drug screening, education or treatment program. Most people convicted of DUI in Arizona serve at least ten consecutive days in jail.
How much will an Arizona DUI cost me?
The total amount of fees you owe will depend on your charges, but you will face a minimum of $1,250 in Court fees. This does not include costs for Court ordered alcohol or other drug screening, education or treatment programs. Nor does it include mandatory costs to equip your vehicle with an ignition interlock device. A DUI will also cost you missed time and wages from work for appearing at Court and serving your jail sentence.