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DUI Defense

DUI LAWYER IN ARIZONA

If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI, you need an attorney who is experienced in investigating, defending and trying DUI cases.  The charge of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs is a criminal offense in Arizona and carries mandatory minimum punishments, which include mandatory incarceration in jail or prison, substantial fines and fees, the loss of driving privileges and mandatory ignition interlock requirement upon reinstatement of your driving privilege. In addition to the mandatory punishments imposed by the law, there can be additional immigration consequences; consequences for persons who hold state or federal licenses; and consequences for persons with child custody concerns.

At the Law Office of Rachelle S. Ferraro, I bring more than 19 years of experience in handling cases where people have been charged with drinking and driving. I have earned a reputation for being detail oriented, thorough and aggressive among prosecutors, judges, and police officers. Having been on the criminal defense side for my entire career, I am committed to the principle that you are innocent until proven guilty and will pick apart your case to find whatever issues I can in an attempt to beat your DUI or to minimize the consequences for you.

I cannot guarantee you a specific outcome, but I promise to take a straightforward approach with you, providing honest answers to your questions as well as an honest assessment of your likelihood of success. As a sole practitioner, I will handle all substantive aspects of your case. I will not pass you off to a junior associate.

For a free initial consultation with an experienced Arizona DUI defense lawyer, contact my office or call me at 602-795-0770 to set up an appointment.

DUI BREATH TEST OR DUI BLOOD TEST IN ARIZONA

Arizona is an implied consent state. By driving on the roads in Arizona or by having an Arizona driver's license, you consent to submit to blood, breath or urine tests if suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The refusal to take a test can result in the suspension of your driver license or your privilege to drive on Arizona roads, even if you are an out-of-state visitor. You could find yourself fighting an administrative action in the DMV as well as a criminal action in court, both stemming from your contact with police.

When you hire me to represent you in a DUI/DWI prosecution, I will fully investigate all the facts and evidence related to your arrest, including whether police had sufficient legal grounds to pull you over; to subject you to roadside testing; to arrest you for suspected DUI; and to obtain your blood, breath or urine. I will look at the State's analysis of the scientific evidence and assist you in having the blood retested if the State has preserved a sufficient sample and if it is in your interests to do so.  I will conduct interviews of all necessary witnesses and raise whatever factual or legal issues that are presented by your specific case in order to challenge the State's evidence against you.

MISDEMEANOR DUI OR AGGRAVATED DUI

There are different ways you could be charged with a DUI in Arizona.  As a misdemeanor DUI, you could be facing one or more of the following charges at the same time:

  • Impaired to the Slightest Degree by Alcohol or Drugs
  • Driving with a Blood or Breath Alcohol Concentration of .08 or greater within 2 hours
  • Extreme DUI - Driving with a Blood or Breath Alcohol Concentration of .15 or greater within 2 hours
  • Super Extreme DUI - Driving with a Blood or Breath Alcohol Concentration of .20 or greater within 2 hours
  • Driving with a Drug or the Metabolite of a Drug in your body

Each of the above charges will carry its own mandatory minimum length of incarceration in jail, its own fine and fees, its own license and ignition interlock requirements. Some courts allow a portion of the mandatory jail to be suspended if you voluntarily install an ignition interlock on your vehicle for a specified amount of time. Other courts may allow a portion of the jail time to be served through home detention and/or with work release if your circumstances qualify.  Some courts allow some fines or fees to be reduced while others may allow some to be waived.

As a felony DUI or an Aggravated DUI, you could be charged with one or more of the above DUIs while any or the following also exist:

  • You have two or more other DUI convictions within seven years
  • Your driver license or privilege to drive was cancelled, suspended, revoked, or restricted
  • You have a minor in the car with you who is under the age of 15
  • You have been ordered to equip your vehicle with an Ignition Interlock Device

Aggravated DUIs carry mandatory prison and are felonies that affect your civil rights and your ability to possess weapons. They result in loss/restriction of your license or ability to drive on Arizona roads for three (3) years.

Although some DUI charges may seem more clear cut than others, you should always contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Experienced in DUI to determine what legal or factual issues may apply to your case or your situation. Whatever charge you are facing, there are serious consequences to any DUI or DWI conviction.

To discuss the defense of a DUI charge with an Aggressive DUI Lawyer, contact my office by email or call my law office in Phoenix at 602-795-0770. We are located just off Highway 51 north of the I-10, but I will travel to the jail to meet with you, if necessary.