Driving under the influence is a crime. In a world where drunk driving accidents happen on a regular basis and cause numerous injuries and death, authorities have stepped up their campaign against people who drink and drive. Arizona, for one, has some of the strictest DUI laws in the United States. If police so much as see your car swerve even for just an inch, you can expect them to pull you over on suspicion of drunk driving. They will then ask you several questions to determine if you’re driving with alcohol in your system, and more often than not, make you undergo field sobriety tests or FSTs.
If you are thinking of hiring a Tempe criminal defense attorney, there are several things you should consider before making your choice. Hiring the wrong attorney could be a costly mistake, because he or she may not be able to help you minimize the issues related to a DUI or criminal charge.
Why not just plead guilty?
Many people who are arrested for DUI take the attitude that they are already facing hefty fines and other penalties, so it is probably better to just plead guilty and move on. This is particularly true if the prosecutor has told you that he or she will “reduce” the charges in exchange for a guilty plea. At the time, this may seem like an excellent solution to your problems. However, this strategy can backfire if you are ever arrested again for DUI. A good Tempe criminal lawyer will explain that what you do today could come back to haunt you in a few years if you find yourself getting arrested for a DUI once again.
The first thing to remember is that prosecutors do not do you any favors by offering you a “deal.” A prosecutor offers a DUI defendant a deal because it is expedient for the State to do so. In other words, the prosecution is not trying to help you. They are simply trying to put another win in their own column and at the same time minimize the amount of work involved in prosecuting a DUI.
While this may seem like a good all-around solution, your Tempe criminal attorney will tell you that it is not always the best choice. When you choose to plead guilty now for very little benefit, you may be throwing away the chance to negotiate a future DUI case and may face much more serious penalties at that time. Arizona courts are allowed to “look back” for seven years from the date of your DUI arrest, so if you plead guilty to a DUI in college, you could theoretically be a “repeat offender” by the time you are 30 just for being pulled over with a BAC of .08 percent one time.
How can Lane, Hupp & Crowley help your case?
We have the experience and the access to many resources to help you beat or at least reduce a DUI charge. When you retain us, you are not just hiring the best to represent your legal interests. You are also retaining the experience of a team of lawyers that has represented hundreds of people accused of this crime. We have been representing people charged with driving under the influence for many years.
When you are being investigated with an Arizona DUI or another crime, you need to take immediate steps to obtain the help of our highly-skilled and experienced legal team, which is made up of some of the best criminal attorneys Tempe has ever seen. Working with us can make all the difference, and one thing that’s sure is that the prosecution and the police will not rest or wait for a suspect or defendant to begin building his or her case.
Below are a few examples of the types of Arizona criminal defense matters the firm handles:
- Drug charges
- Weapons charges
- Aggravated assault
- Domestic Violence
Protecting your rights is our duty
When you are arrested for DUI in Arizona, you can face some of the toughest penalties in the United States even for a first conviction. Potential penalties include jail time, stiff fines and the requirement to have an ignition interlock device installed in a convicted defendant’s vehicle. These sanctions are not only difficult to endure, but they are also extremely costly.
When you hire us, our attorneys will be able to challenge the evidence that could be used against you in court, handle the MVD administrative hearing that will impact your driving privileges and even negotiate and reach a potential plea bargain with prosecutors if such an approach is appropriate.
<pWithout a doubt, anyone who faces either of these situations must immediately take steps to handle these serious legal problems. Rather than attempting to deal with these situations alone, those who are in this position should seek the help of Lane, Hupp & Crowley, PLC today. Click here to schedule your free consultation.