Tempe DUI Defense Attorney

Arizona drivers need to know how to protect their legal rights and pursue the most favorable outcome in the event of a drunk driving arrest. Was this a first offense DUI charge? Or have you been charged with a repeat offense?

Talk to a qualified Tempe DUI defense attorney at the Rosenstein Law Group by calling (480) 248-7666 to learn how we can protect you.

How Can a Tempe DUI Lawyer Help?

After police have alleged that you were driving while drunk or driving while under the influence of drugs, the prosecutor will most likely make an effort to convict you. They are doing their jobs. You need an experienced Tempe DUI attorney on your side to balance the equation and to help ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. An effective local DUI defense attorney in Tempe, AZ may well mean the difference for you between a peaceful life and never-ending troubles:

  • Dismissal or acquittal of charges or a conviction on your record
  • Freedom versus jail
  • Unlimited driving privileges versus curtailed or lost driving privileges
  • A clean slate when you apply for jobs, apartments, or student loans versus insurmountable roadblocks when you pursue these goals

Hiring the right attorney for your Tempe DUI case is critical for your future. Rosenstein Law Group has the only two board-certified DUI defense attorneys in Maricopa County. We have achieved outstanding results for our clients, including many successful case acquittals. We understand how Arizona’s DUI laws and justice system work – and how to defend our clients against criminal charges. When your future is on the line, come to us for aggressive defense tactics and quality legal services.

What Is Required to Convict Someone of DUI in Arizona?

The crime of driving under the influence is defined under Arizona law as driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug. The elements that the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt to secure a DUI conviction are:

  • The defendant was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. This does not necessarily mean driving; even sitting in a parked car can constitute being in control of a vehicle if the keys are accessible.
  • The defendant was under the influence of any drugs or intoxicating liquor. “Under the influence” can mean impaired to any degree. However, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in Arizona is 0.08 percent.

With a BAC at or above the legal limit, a defendant is automatically presumed to be intoxicated and will be arrested for DUI. Even with a lesser BAC, however, a driver can be arrested for an alleged DUI if the officer believes the driver is impaired. A DUI can also refer to impairment by a drug – including prescription medications.

What to Do if You’re Arrested for DUI in Tempe

It is normal to feel frightened or overwhelmed when being arrested for a DUI. It is important, however, to remain calm and remember that there are certain things you should do to immediately protect your rights. If you can, take the following steps:

  1. Do not resist the arrest or fight with the arresting officer. You will have plenty of time to fight the charges later; resisting arrest will only put you at risk of facing additional charges. Be polite and cooperative.
  2. Use your right to remain silent. Don’t talk about how many drinks you’ve had or answer any questions asked by the officer (other than giving your name). Politely explain that you will wait to have an attorney present to answer any questions.
  3. Take a blood or breath test but refuse a field sobriety test. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, it is generally in your best interest to comply with a request for a blood or breathalyzer test. This is because refusal will automatically result in the suspension of your driver’s license for one year. However, it is within your rights to refuse a field sobriety test.
  4. Contact an attorney right away. In many cases, the police will let you contact a lawyer even before your arrest. Otherwise, wait until you’ve been booked at the police station and use your one phone call to contact us at (480) 248-7666 24/7. The police legally cannot listen in on a phone call to an attorney.

Once you’ve contacted our lawyers, we can take care of the rest of the steps to take for you. For example, we can help you get out of jail while you wait for your arraignment hearing, as well as develop a defense strategy to achieve the best possible DUI case results on your behalf.

Potential Defenses to DUI Charges

There are many ways to fight a DUI charge in Tempe, Arizona. Your lawyer may be able to have evidence against you thrown out, for example, such as evidence from an inaccurate breath test or evidence collected illegally. This could lead to case dismissal due to insufficient evidence. Other defense strategies include no crime committed, an illegal traffic stop, police misconduct or entrapment. If it isn’t possible to achieve case dismissal, your lawyer can work to reduce the charges against you and the penalties that you face instead.

Assisting College Students in Arizona With Their DUI Charges

Talk to a Tempe DUI lawyer at Rosenstein Law Group about your drunk driving arrest and legal issues that may be part of your case. College students at Arizona State University (ASU) can face serious consequences that could affect their future job prospects and enrollment in school.

Whether you were stopped by ASU police or Tempe police, we have the experience to handle your case in the Tempe court system. We will guide you through the process and fight to build you a solid defense against your charges. We can discuss all issues that may arise in your case, including:

  • Sobriety testing
  • Chemical testing
  • Underage DUI concerns
  • License suspension
  • Multiple offenses

In addition to DUI defense, our Tempe DUI defense attorneys defend drivers who have received criminal traffic violations. Rosenstein Law Group also helps people charged with drug possession or drug paraphernalia possession.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a DUI Attorney in Tempe, AZ

If you have been arrested, each day that passes reduces the opportunities to fight back and limit the consequences. Contact Rosenstein Law Group today to speak with a skilled Tempe DUI defense lawyer at our law firm day or night during free initial consultation.

We represent clients throughout Arizona from offices in Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, and Gilbert.


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