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What factors can exacerbate DUI charges?

When you are found to be over the legal limit while driving, you already know the consequences could be severe. Throughout Arizona, countless drivers face serious penalties every year in relation to DUI charges. Unfortunately, you only need to be caught once for your entire life to be turned upside down. Suddenly, you are being subjected to a potentially lengthy criminal investigation, with the threat of conviction hanging over you.

Arizona man secures reduced sentence

It is not uncommon for drivers in Arizona to be intercepted on suspicion of drunk driving. The slightest mistake can make your driving appear erratic and may cause officers to suspect that your driving may be impaired. As a result, you might be Breathalyzed or even asked to submit to a number of field sobriety tests. However, these tests are often quite accurate, so if you have not been drinking, you are likely to be fine.

Stopping for no reason could raise DUI suspicions

No matter how experienced you are as a driver, everyone has bad days or days when they are simply not as alert as they should be. Unfortunately, as many drivers in Arizona have learned, this can be very dangerous and may have serious consequences. It only takes a single mistake to lead to disaster. As such, the authorities are constantly on the look out for signs of erratic or unusual driving on the roads.

Arizona man charged after leaving crash scene

In Arizona, many drivers are charged with drunk driving every year. However, not all of these drivers are guilty of the offenses for which they are investigated. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to determine an individual's involvement in a crash and even though testing equipment used to measure a person's blood alcohol concentration is often quite accurate, it is not always as reliable as it should be. Sadly, a false reading can lead to criminal charges.

Can DUI convictions be expunged?

As most drivers in Arizona already know, a DUI conviction can be bad news. Not only might it come with fines or even a prison sentence, you could even lose your driver's license for a period of time or be required to have an ignition interlock device fitted to your vehicle. Another major problem that can be caused by a conviction for drunk driving is the mark that it leaves on your criminal record.

DUI charges do not only cover alcohol

In Arizona, it is a well-known fact that driving under the influence of alcohol can result in serious criminal charges. However, it is not only having an excessive blood alcohol concentration that can result in DUI charges. In fact, if you are impaired in any way by alcohol, illegal drugs or even prescription medication, you could be charged. Even the effects of medicines you can buy over-the-counter can get you into trouble.

BAC readings may not be accurate

For drivers in Arizona, the thought of being investigated on suspicion of drunk driving is a daunting one. All of a sudden, you find yourself at risk of a life-changing conviction. You could be fined, lose your license or even be sentenced to time in prison. Your record is permanently stained and this in turn can affect your future prospects. The whole ordeal could even cost you your job and put a strain on your family life.

Was your traffic stop legal?

In Arizona, authorities are constantly on the lookout for drunk drivers, in order to keep the roads as safe as possible. If officers suspect that you may be intoxicated behind the wheel, there is a chance that they will stop and question you. However, there are several rules to which officers must adhere during a traffic stop for their actions to be considered legal.

How do you get your license reinstated?

Being convicted of drunk driving in Arizona has all kinds of consequences, many of which can have a significant impact on your life. The mark on your criminal record can affect job and housing prospects, while hefty fines can leave you struggling to make ends meet. If you are sentenced to any jail time, that is a portion of your life simply taken from you.

Commercial drivers face stricter DUI restrictions

If you drive a vehicle that requires a commercial driver's license, such as a tractor-trailer or a bus, you are subject to far stricter rules when it comes to intoxication. As commercial licenses tend to be needed for very large vehicles or those that can carry several passengers, the driver's of these vehicles have an increased responsibility. If they have an accident, there is even greater potential for damage and loss of life than there may be if a smaller vehicle crashes.

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