Yuma DUI Defense Attorney
Have you been arrested and charged with DUI in Yuma?
DUI offenses are common in the Yuma area, and law enforcement is continuously on the alert for any drivers they consider are operating their vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, it is vital that you contact a Yuma DUI defense lawyer at once to determine what can be done to defend your case.
A conviction will result in expensive fines, jail time, community service as well as higher insurance rates and possibly impact on your future employment. If you have an earlier conviction on your criminal record, you will be treated as a repeat offender and face more severe penalties.
Our legal team at Dwane Cates Law Group, P.L.L.C. provides aggressive defense to clients facing any of the following DUI offenses:
- Multiple DUI
- DUI with Drugs
- Felony DUI
- Vehicular Manslaughter
- DUI with Accident
- DUI with Injury
- DUI Penalties in Arizona
Penalties for a DUI depend on a number of factors, such as your age and whether this is a first or subsequent offense. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you’ll be facing penalties from both the court and the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.
For a first time offense, DUI penalties can include:
- Up to 10 days in jail
- A fine of $1,250
- Required alcohol education program
- Ignition interlock device for every vehicle you drive
- Community service
- Don’t face these charges alone. Call (855) 411-0034 today to learn how we can help.
Common DUI Defense Strategies
In most DUI charges, there is a standard sequence of events that leads to the arrest. Either the police felt that you were driving in such a way that would indicate drunk driving, such as weaving, speeding, wide turns, or you were stopped at a roadside checkpoint. When pulled over, law enforcement will immediately observe you and look for open bottles or the smell of alcohol. It is common to hear that you had “bloodshot eyes” or “slurred speech”. There are many physical conditions other than alcohol consumption that can lead to either of these conditions, and they are not necessarily an indicator of drunk driving. You will then be asked to perform several field sobriety tests.
You are not required under law in our state to perform these tests; they are used only to obtain more evidence against you to present in court, even though it is well-established that the results are extremely subjective. The breath or blood test is a requirement under law, and if you refuse, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended for one year. Even breath testing and blood testing can be administered incorrectly, and a full evaluation of every aspect of any testing administered will be immediately initiated by our legal team.
Contact Us Today
If you are facing a DUI offense, take action and contact our legal team. Even though you have been arrested and charged with the crime, it does not necessarily follow that you must plead guilty. Many people become apathetic or overwhelmed and just take the punishment. Others choose to take a proactive approach and enlist legal counsel from our legal team to determine how to defend the case and seek a dismissed charge, reduced charge or alternative sentencing, depending upon the circumstances of your case.
Contact a Yuma DUI Defense Lawyer from the firm to aggressively defend your DUI charges.