You have just been pulled over by police. They have asked you to complete field sobriety tests and you have refused. The officer has decided to make an arrest, and you are on your way to jail.
You have plenty of time to think on this ride. If you are eventually charged with DUI, your entire life will change. Your family is going to have to change their entire schedule, and everyone is going to have to do more to make sure that things stay as normal as possible. You may think about just pleading guilty to the charges, to make things go away.
Know that a decision to plead guilty will end your case, but it will not bring an end to the complications that a DUI conviction will carry. You will lose your license. You could, in some circumstances, lose your job or a professional license that you have. While you may be embarrassed about what happened, you should not simply give up. You need to fight.
What an experienced DUI attorney can do for you
In the short time since you have been stopped, arrested and processed, police have been gathering information to use against you. Maybe your eyes were watery. Maybe you were unsteady on your feet or smelled like alcohol. They may even tell you that they can make things better if you just tell them what you had to drink before you were pulled over.
You should never talk to police before you have an attorney. Your attorney can make sure that you and your rights are protected at every step of the process. When things seem impossible, your attorney can explain what can be done to fight the charges you are facing.
You need to remember that there is a solution to all problems. While you may have trouble finding an answer now, you have to be informed of all of your options before you go ahead and make a decision that causes you severe hardship for the rest of your life.
A conviction for DUI in Arizona carries extremely strong penalties, including jail time, fines and court fees. Insurance companies will raise your rates for years. If you hire an attorney to handle your case, you will be able to protect what is most important to you. Remember, police are not going to tell you what your rights are in this situation. They are counting on you to make things easier for them.