Arizona has some of the harshest DUI laws and penalties in the nation. Flagstaff, in particular, was recently ranked among the top 3 cities, per capita, for most DUI arrests in the United States. The laws were recently changed again, and more jail time, higher fines, and a 12 month ignition interlock requirement are now becoming standard. There are numerous types of DUI offenses, including a felony Aggravated DUI depending on whether or not your license was suspended at the time of driving (which requires prison time), a felony for having a child under 15 in the car, misdemeanor SuperExtreme DUI (blood or breath alcohol content over .20), Extreme DUI, DUI with BAC over .08, DUI while impaired to the slightest degree, and DUI with drugs in your system. The penalties for each charge vary, but all have serious consequences. In addition, most drivers are charged with more than one type of DUI offense. With a lack of reliable and convenient public transportation in Northern Arizona, having and keeping your driver's license is a necessity. Besides legal consequences, the Motor Vehicle Department can suspend your license in a separate administrative action.
When faced with the loss of your freedom, drivers license, ability to make a living, and your hard-earned money and reputation, choose professional help from a licensed and qualified local attorney to help guide you through this maze. Call Sheffield Law today!