Do all of the Courts treat Defendants the same?

No. They are supposed to, but that does not always happen. Your attorney should be very familiar with the court in which you must appear because the sentencing statutes can be read and interpreted differently by different judges and different courts. For example, Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 28-1383 subsection I allows judges to suspend all but nine (9) days of a thirty (30) day first-time extreme sentence if the defendant shows proof that they placed an interlock ignition device on their vehicle for one year. This section allows a judge to suspend all but fourteen (14) days of a forty-five (45) day super extreme sentence if the defendant provides proof that they have equipped their motor vehicle with an interlock for twelve (12) months.

Some judges refuse to follow this structure because they are not prepared to monitor installation of the interlock device. Similarly, judges may deviate from statutory provisions relating to home detention and division of your jail sentence between jail and home detention. Therefore, it is not uncommon that you may serve more or less time in jail than your friend who was found guilty of the same charges in a different court or before a different judge.

If you have been charged with a DUI or Drug related DUI, contact the Arizona criminal defense lawyers at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your criminal case.