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Should I Retain a DUI Attorney Right Away?

Posted on July 18, 2010 in DUI Arrest

In a word, YES.

If you have been charged with a first offense DUI in Arizona, you may not realize that the drunk driving laws are especially tough. DUI penalties in Arizona can be severe, but if you wait, you can lose one of your most important privileges…

You Risk a Suspended License

Don’t waive your rights! To be sure that you take every step necessary to preserve your driving privileges, you should retain a competent DUI attorney quickly.

Driving is not a constitutional right, and as such, constitutional protections do not attach as stringently. Therefore, your privilege to drive can be suspended or revoked if no action on your DUI charge is taken.

Time is short

Months may seem like a long time, but they go by quickly in the justice system. Waiting even a few weeks to retain an attorney can put even the best DUI lawyer behind.


By waiting a few weeks, your DUI attorney may not be able to get the exonerating paperwork needed to properly defend you.

Not Every DUI Case is Different

Not thinking about your DUI defense, or pretending that your case doesn’t exist, is a natural reaction, but can cause problems for your attorney. There are certain defined stages in the investigation that often take weeks, if not months, to complete. Competent attorneys need time to gather information that may exonerate you.

Remember, DUI charges in Arizona are serious. Waiting until the last minute to hire an Arizona DUI attorney can make it more difficult for your attorney to defend you, can severely hurt your case, and may lead to a DUI conviction.

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