In addition to typical DUI enforcement and patrolling, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office hosts DUI Taskforce operations in Payson and the surrounding areas. These operations are scheduled around major holidays and events to crack down on DUI offenses. Between the sheriff’s office, AZDPS and the Payson Police Department hundreds of DUI arrests are made each year in Payson and surrounding areas in Gila County. The consequences for a Payson DUI can be considerable, so it’s important to reach out to an experienced defense attorney if you are charged with impaired driving.
The first question many people ask after being charged with DUI is, “What are the consequences of a DUI conviction?” A DUI in Payson can lead to serious, lasting consequences, including time in jail, probation, fines and fees, alcohol treatment classes, driver’s license suspension, an ignition interlock device on your car and higher insurance rates. Additionally, a DUI conviction in Payson creates a permanent criminal conviction on your record. A conviction may lead to issues obtaining employment, housing, professional licenses and a fingerprint clearance card. Even a first-time DUI conviction in Payson can lead to lifelong consequences.
The first thing to know is what type of DUI you are facing. In Payson you can be charged with:
A person can be arrested for DUI for driving with either drugs or alcohol in their system. For misdemeanor alcohol related DUIs, a person’s BAC will determine the level of DUI that they are charged with. Below we will explore the penalties for the most common types of DUI offenses in Payson. The offenses listed below are all misdemeanor crimes.
In Payson, a “regular DUI” occurs if someone is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol to the slightest degree or if they have a BAC at or above .08 but below .15. The penalties for a regular DUI include:
A person can be charged with a drug DUI in Payson if they are driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while they have any drug or its metabolite in their system. A person can also be charged with a drug DUI if they are impaired to the slightest degree by any drug or its metabolite. This includes prescription drugs. The penalties for a drug DUI include:
A person will be charged with an extreme DUI out of Payson if they are driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle with a BAC at or above .15 but below .20. The penalties for an extreme DUI include:
Super extreme DUI charges are filed if a person is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle with a BAC at or above .20. The penalties for a super extreme DUI include:
We understand that a DUI arrest is very stressful, and the potential consequences of a DUI arrest only add to that stress. The important thing to know is that a DUI arrest does not have to lead to a conviction. Having an experienced and aggressive DUI attorney can lead to a favorable outcome, including reduced or even dismissed charges. We may also be able to negotiate alternatives to extended periods of jail time, like home detention or work release.
The attorneys at the Rosenstein Law Group are prepared to take on any DUI case. If you are facing DUI charges in Payson, contact the Rosenstein Law Group at 480-248-7666 or online to set up a free consultation to find out how we can help you.