A DUI arrest in Mesa is an unpleasant experience and having a DUI conviction can come with some harsh consequences. Some consequences include:
At Rosenstein Law Group, we want our clients to be informed and understand what to expect during a DUI arrest. We believe that an informed client, or potential client, helps defend their Mesa, Arizona DUI case. Below we have outlined the main steps in a Driving Under the Influence case.
First of all, it is essential to know your rights and have a solid legal advocate who will fight for those rights in your corner. It would be best if you took your Miranda Rights seriously when you are stopped. Be polite to the officer and If an officer places you under arrest, then request an attorney. At Rosenstein Law Group, our local Mesa DUI attorneys can be reached 24/7. This means no matter the time, day or night, if you are being arrested for a DUI, call our office at (480) 248-7666. One of our DUI attorneys will be available to talk you through how to proceed.
Suppose you are pulled over by an officer who suspects that you’re driving under the influence. In that case, the officer will look for signs of impairment, such as:
If any of the above signs are observed by an officer, you may be asked to step out of your vehicle. Read more here on what to do at a DUI checkpoint.
After exiting your vehicle, the officer will ask that you undergo one or more field sobriety tests. To obtain probable cause to arrest you for a DUI, he may also ask that you submit to a portable breath test or PBT. Note that you are not required to submit to a PBT and that there are no consequences for refusing that particular test. That said, refusing the test will likely not prevent you from being arrested for DUI.
If you are arrested for DUI, the officer will almost always invoke Arizona’s Implied Consent Law and request that you submit to a chemical test or tests. Officers typically request that an arrestee submits to a breath test, a blood test, or a urine test, or some combination of the three. Note that an officer is within his rights to request that you submit to multiple tests. Suppose you consent to the test and your blood alcohol content is above a .08. In that case, this will suspend your driving privileges for 90 days. Meanwhile, if you refuse the testing, you face a 12-month suspension of your driving privileges.
If convicted in Mesa, Arizona for a first offense regular DUI (Impaired the Slightest Degree or BAC .08+), you can expect to face the following penalties:
Additionally, you may be required to do community service. If you are convicted of an Extreme DUI or Super Extreme DUI, the penalties will be significantly higher.
If convicted in Mesa, Arizona for a Second Offense Regular DUI (Impaired the slightest degree or BAC .08 +), you can expect to face the following penalties:
As before, if you are convicted of a second offense Extreme DUI or Super Extreme DUI, the penalties you face will be much more onerous.
Don’t do Field Sobriety Tests, don’t blow in a portable breath test device, invoke your right to counsel early and often, and not answer questions. Once you are released, you should immediately consult with an experienced attorney who will know how to defend you in court.
Obtaining legal representation can be beneficial to you, and in some instances, your charges can be dropped or reduced. A skilled DUI defense lawyer in the City of Mesa knows what defenses can be used that apply to your DUI circumstances.
The more you know about DUI law in Mesa, Arizona, the better you will be able to work with your DUI attorney. But do not try to handle the situation yourself — contact Rosenstein Law Group today at 480-248-7666 for the professional support you need for your Mesa DUI case. An experienced Mesa DUI attorney is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to discuss your case.