If you are being charged with a Marana DUI, you know that the consequences of a conviction are strict and long-lasting. That’s why you need to find a Marana DUI attorney to work with you. You need someone who has knowledge of the Marana system and understands how to fight the charges. You need someone who has specific expertise in the area of DUI law, so they understand the ins and outs of the science behind breathalyzer tests and how to fight the conclusions drawn from a field sobriety test. And you need someone who is dedicated to fighting for the best outcome possible to you, whether that means working toward getting the charges dropped, getting the charges reduced, or getting a lighter sentence with less jail time and lower fines.
Is this your first DUI charge? The good news is that you may have more options available, such as opting for counseling and community service in order to get reduced jail time and lower fines. Some of the possible penalties that you face are 10 to 180 days in jail, $1800 to $3,250 in fines and fees, additional jail costs, a driver’s license suspension of 90 days, and 12 to 18 months with an ignition interlock device on your car after license reinstatement, counseling, attendance at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Victims’ Impact Panels, community service hours, and probation for up to 5 years. How harsh the punishment you get is at the discretion of the judge and will also be effected by your blood alcohol content (BAC) and field test results.
What if this is your second DUI charge? It’s just as important to get a Marana DUI lawyer to help you fight the ever more strict penalties you face, such as 120 to 180 days of jail time, $3,750 to $4,000 in fines plus jail costs, license revocation for one year, ignition interlock device installed on your car for 12 to 24 months, a minimum of 30 hours of required community service, mandatory attendance at counseling, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Victims’ Impact Panels, and probation for up to 5 years. Again, your blood alcohol content (BAC) is a major factor in sentencing.
If this is your third DUI, you will be charged with a felony. You face similar penalties, but the fines are astronomical at up to $150,000. You may also be sentenced to up to 4 months in jail, and your license will also be revoked for three years. Reinstatement of your license is not automatic, and you will not be eligible for a work or school permit. You can also be charged with felony aggravated DUI charges if you were driving with a minor under 15 years old in the car or were driving with a suspended or restricted driver’s license.
Even if you have failed a breathalyzer test, you can challenge the results. Sometimes judges will throw them out entirely, based on user error, improper machine calibration, or other factors. For example, some companies that manufacture the machines do not release how they work, so it can be hard to prove that they are accurate. Also, differences in your body physiology can make a big difference in the results, and other factors like recent vomiting and using breath spray can increase mouth alcohol which gives an incorrect reading.
Similarly, field tests can be challenged. Make sure that you are actually being charged with a crime you committed. A good Marana DUI lawyer will work with you to make sure that your case is treated fairly and your rights are protected. Hiring a good attorney in Marana can make a huge difference for your wallet and your freedom.