Are the penalties listed in the prior post mandatory?
Are the penalties listed above mandatory?
No. The penalties listed above are the typical penalties as outlined by Arizona law.
In addition, if you are convicted of a DUI in Arizona, you will have points placed against your driver’s license. It is also important to note, concerning your driving record, that Arizona law does not permit DUI convictions to be removed from your record, or “expunged.”
All of the penalties listed above also assume that you have not had a prior DUI conviction within the last 84 months (7 years), including out-of-state DUI convictions. A prior conviction may increase the severity of the action taken against you.
Some other factors that could affect the penalties that you receive include (but are not limited to):
- level of intoxication (see above)
- if an accident or collision occurred (and if anyone was injured)
- the Arizona court you are in, and the judge that is handling your case
- if there was a child in the car (see above)
Will a lawyer be able to negotiate the penalties and/or the offense I am charged with (to a lesser charge)?
Maybe. This is something that must be dealt with by an experienced lawyer. Once you have sat down with your lawyer and discussed all the facts, your lawyer can then discuss your case with the prosecutor on your behalf. A good, experienced Arizona DUI lawyer can truly make all the difference in the penalties that are placed against you; as they can often negotiate for lesser penalties, DUI charge reduction, or complete dismissal.
When deciding on an Arizona DUI lawyer, take a good look at what they have been able to do for other clients. We urge you to take a look at our impeccable track record.