One of the most stressful experiences anyone can endure in life arises when he or she is being investigated for and/or arrested on suspicion of having committed a crime. There are many different types of crimes that can be committed, and among them in Arizona is DUI, which has become a very serious offense even for someone who makes this mistake for the first time. Anyone who faces the prospect of being investigated by law enforcement personnel and/or by criminal prosecutors is understandably overcome by fear and anxiety in many cases.
However, people who are facing such a situation need to take steps to push past those powerful emotions so that they can immediately begin the process of building a strong defense to the charges they face, as is their right as guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Therefore, anyone who is facing even the possibility of a criminal investigation needs to seek the advice, guidance and protection of experienced Tucson Criminal Defense Lawyers as soon as possible. Below is a brief overview of how DUI charges and other criminal charges should be handled.
Building a Two-Pronged Defense
When someone faces a charge of DUI in Arizona, that person needs to act immediately to build a two-pronged defense. That’s because someone in this position will not only face criminal prosecution for his or her alleged crime, but he or she will also face an administrative hearing with the DMV that will determine whether or not that suspect will retain his or her driving privileges. A suspect needs to request a hearing with the DMV in writing within a very specific period of time, and a failure to do so will result in an automatic revocation of those driving privileges. This does not even involve the reality of having to build a criminal defense case.
Asserting Constitutional Protections
When someone is charged with a crime other than DUI in Arizona, that person may only face one legal process, but that process can result in severe penalties that could include a prolonged period of incarceration if a defendant is convicted of the charges that were filed. Therefore, it’s of paramount importance that the defendant assert every Constitutional right that he or she is due in order to make sure that nothing is used against that defendant that should not be admitted. Our attorneys will be present during every stage of this process to make sure that these rights are asserted and so that we can help the suspect build the other aspects of the defense’s case.
If you or someone you love has been charged with DUI in Arizona or with some other serious crime, you need to seek our help because we have been forcefully defending the rights of the accused for many years. Contact Lane, Hupp & Crowley, PLC today to schedule your initial consultation.