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In the state of Arizona, DUI first offense punishments are among the most severe in the United States. In fact, there are some felonies that carry lighter penalties than DUI first offenses in the state. Phoenix DUI lawyer Mark N. Weingart understands how much is at stake for first-time DUI offenders and provides them with the tough-minded, relentless defense they need to preserve their good names and their freedom.
In addition to the penalties first time DUI offenders incur, a conviction also starts a seven-year “lookback” clock. This means that the DUI conviction will factor into sentencing for all future DUI convictions for a period of seven years.
If you have been arrested on a DUI charge and you are a first-time offender, it is essential that you understand the potential punishments you face if you are convicted – and why it is important to entrust your case to a DUI defense attorney with the skill, experience, tenacity, and record of success of Mark N. Weingart.
Unlike many states, Arizona does not allow for those charged with DUI to plead to the lesser offense of reckless driving involving alcohol, also known as “wet reckless.” If convicted of driving under the influence, the driver faces the following penalties:
Keep in mind that the above penalties apply only to “regular” DUI charges. Drivers who are charged with extreme or super extreme DUI will face much harsher penalties, even if it is their first offenses. In fact, the mandatory minimal sentence for a first-offense super extreme DUI (.20 blood alcohol content or higher) is 45 days in jail.
The only way to avoid these harsh first-offense DUI penalties is to fight your charges. And the only effective way to fight your charges is to enlist the services of an experienced DUI defense attorney. Mark N. Weingart will invest his full attention and all of the resources at his disposal into preserving your rights and making sure that you achieve the best outcome possible considering your circumstances. The presence of a top-flight DUI attorney in your corner can make all the difference in your case.
To learn more about first-offense DUI punishments and how a skilled DUI defense attorney can help you to avoid these punishments, please contact the The Weingart Firm today. We would be pleased to evaluate your case and inform you of your legal rights and options.