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Future First Criminal Law

Top-Rated Arizona Defense Lawyers Dedicated to DUI & Criminal Law

Top-Rated Arizona Defense Lawyers Dedicated to DUI and Criminal Law

DUI Defense Strategies

How To Best Protect Your Future

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Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a very serious crime and carries harsh penalties and consequences in every state, including suspension or revocation of your license, jail time, substantial fines, counseling classes, increased insurance rates, loss of employment or professional license, damaged reputation, and mandatory ignition interlock devices on your car.

If you have been charged with DUI, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t make the mistake of facing the charges alone. A skilled lawyer will present your options, explore possible DUI defense strategies, and discuss whether a plea bargain or trial is appropriate. Hiring an lawyer is your best chance at lessening the severity of the charge and the penalties associated with it, or possibly getting the DUI dismissed.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED “DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE?”

Forty-nine states (including Arizona) define having a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08% while driving as a crime; this is the level at which a driver is considered too impaired to drive. Utah considers a BAC of .05% as the threshold.

WHY IS BAC IMPORTANT?

Blood Alcohol Concentration, or BAC, is the percent of alcohol present in your bloodstream. It is measured by breathing into a breathalyzer, a blood draw, or a urine test. When an officer pulls you over for suspected DUI, they will most likely give you a breathalyzer test, as well as other field sobriety tests. The physical and mental effects of alcohol vary at different BAC levels, from a feeling of relaxation to gross impairment of motor control. There are many factors affecting a person’s BAC, such as gender, weight, amount of body fat, and how quickly the alcohol was consumed.

BAC levels are extremely important because prosecutors believe they accurately reflect how much an individual is impaired by alcohol. BACs are considered objective medical evidence and are often used to convict a driver of DUI.

DUI DEFENSE STRATEGIES

1. Refuting Test Results or Administration of the Tests

Since the results of a breathalyzer, blood, or urine tests are considered objective scientific evidence and can be used to convict an alleged offender, a DUI defense lawyer will investigate the accuracy of the results and whether the test was administered correctly. A lawyer will review the maintenance logs of the breathalyzer, the machine operator’s skills, the timeliness of the test after the stop; the chain of custody of blood sample; how field sobriety tests were administered. A defense lawyer will try to attack the admissibility of the test results, and the accuracy of the test result itself.

2. Conditions That May Affect Field Sobriety Test Results

There are only three field sobriety tests that are officially endorsed by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA): horizontal gaze nystagmus, walk-and-turn, and one-leg stands.

Some people have medical conditions that may mimic being impaired by alcohol. Severe allergies may cause red and watery eyes; being very tired, having a neurological condition, or a drop in blood sugar can cause slurred speech and delayed reaction times; certain medical conditions such as hypoglycemia in a diabetic, effects of a concussion, or balance issues related to an inner ear problem can cause dizziness, being unsteady, and confusion.

In addition, the field sobriety tests may be improperly administered, invalid field sobriety tests may be used, or the driver may be “tricked” into thinking that he is required to take them.

3. Refusing Field Sobriety Tests

There are a number of field sobriety tests an officer may ask you to perform to determine your level of impairment, such as touching your finger to your nose, reciting the alphabet backward, or walking a straight line. It should be noted, however, that there are only three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) tests that are considered scientifically reliable, and have been officially endorsed by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN),
  • Walk-and-turn (WAT), and
  • One-leg stand (OLS)

You are not legally required to take these tests; however, you may still be arrested for DUI if an officer believes there is other evidence of impairment.

4. Improper Police Stop

Law enforcement must have a reasonable suspicion that you are driving while impaired in order to pull you over or detain you. They have to physically see the driver doing something wrong. If there was no reasonable suspicion for you to be pulled over, your lawyer can contest the stop and get the charges thrown out. If an officer has a hunch that someone is driving drunk, that is not considered a valid reason to pull you over. A lawyer will work to get the DUI dismissed since the officer did not have reasonable cause for the police stop.

If you are pulled over, it is important that you remain respectful to the officers and act responsibly. Being combative with officers will only work against you in the long run. You do not have to consent to a field sobriety test or a handheld portable breathalyzer test; however, if you refuse a blood draw, be aware that your license will be immediately revoked for 12 months.

5. Miranda Rights Violations

If you are arrested, police are required to read you your Miranda rights. If they do not follow this established procedure, anything you said after your arrest – even if you admitted to driving drunk — can be thrown out in court.

6. Necessity Defense

There may be a situation where you’ve had a few drinks, and then a situation arose where you believe you are about to get seriously hurt if you remain on the scene. This is one of the less common DUI defense strategies, but a skilled lawyer can use a “necessity defense” to show that the only reason you drove while impaired is that you were in fear for your physical safety.

Contact a DUI Defense Lawyer Right Away

DUI convictions are serious and have long-lasting consequences that can haunt you for the rest of your life.

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, call a DUI Lawyer as soon as possible. A skilled lawyer will know the best DUI defense strategies to help your particular case and protect your future.

Reach out today and schedule a free phone consultation to discuss your case with a member of our legal team.

Alex

GoogleReview “⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 10 Stars first of all I want to say thanks to God for these great lawyers that help me in my DUI case I want to say thank you to Trevor for being 100% professional and their team of lawyers Andrea thank you Megan thank you. On the day of my court date I was really nervous but when I seen my lawyer Zach he was really professional give me good advise. I thought I was going to lose my job but Zach my lawyer help me reduce my jail sentence to less time I just want to say thank you for being so professional Zach great lawyer 100% I recommend him to anyone that needs help with their DUI cases and doesn’t matter what kind of DUI they will help you out a lot I will give them not only 10 Stars but a hundred more thank you future first criminal law I recommend them to anyone thank you.”

 

 

Dean

GoogleReview “Future First Criminal Law exceeded my expectations, on my first court appearance an old charge came up out of no where and the judge wasn’t going to let me leave. Ed got right on his phone and got it all cleared up! It is always best to have a private lawyer especially with criminal charges, the outcome will always be better and I highly recommend future first. Ed made a personal video breaking down my charges, the discovery, and my plea offer step by step. If you are questioning whether or not to get a lawyer, future first is the way to go 100%. You can’t put a price on freedom!! Thanks Ed!!!!”

 

Taz

GoogleReview “They helped me tremendously, I had some extreme charges for my DUI and assault case, they got me the best deal I could get. 1 day jail time. Based on what I couldve spent. They have a great team, they communicate well with you an guide you thru your entire ordeal. Ed Robinson was my lawyer. I highly recommend them!!”

 

 

Jesse

GoogleReview “Future First Criminal Law is an excellent firm. They helped me out with a case I had. They are friendly throughout the whole process. They are professional, thorough, and I would definitely recommend them to anybody who’s in need of their services. They also allowed me to set up payment plans which was greatly appreciated. Working with them took a lot of stress, and weight off the whole situation. I just recently had them help me with my set aside as well. Thank you Future First Criminal Law.”

 

Tyler

GoogleReview “Zach and his team were great! Right away after we spoke to Zach we felt a sense of relief from all of our worries and concerns. Being in a position to find an attorney isn’t always a fun thing to do. Thank you Zach and your entire firm for your constant updates and great communication. You never left us in the dark or wondering when we might have our questions answered. We will certainly refer your firm to anyone we know looking for your services. Thank you, for all your time and efforts for our case.”

 

Adam

GoogleReview “If I could rate Future First Crimal Law higher I would. After making the dumb mistake of getting a DUI they have been there for me every step of the way. There is nothing worse than going at this alone. You want someone in your corner during this stressful time and no one is better than Zach and his team there. They walk you through everything, keeps records of a what you need to do for the courts and sends it to them, and gets you the best case scenario sentence. Without them the consequences would’ve been much worse so very thankful to the team.”

 

Zat

GoogleReview “I am so grateful for the service I was given by all the Team of Future First Criminal Law and particularly Attorney ED Robinson, from the Day one of my appearances until the sentencing he was there encouraging me and the Defense he has taken on my behalf has made me more confident and all my stress and Depression was gone, I’m so thanks full for helping me in this terrible situation. I’ll be suggesting you to everyone in my situation. God Bless Future First Criminal Law; God Bless Attorney ED Robinson.”

 

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Phoenix DUI & Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our mission at Future First Criminal Law is to level the criminal justice playing field and help good people avoid incarceration. We achieve this by providing our clients with valuable insights into their legal options and unwavering advocacy for them throughout the entire legal process. Our dedicated team is committed to empowering our clients with the knowledge and support they need to achieve realistic outcomes for their legal situations.

DUI Defense Strategies With Future First Criminal Law

How To Best Protect Your Future

Potential DUI Penalties In Phoenix, Arizona

This is why you must hire our Law Firm to fight for You! If you have been charged with a DUI in Arizona, you need our experienced DUI Lawyers who will fight for your rights and protect your future. Trust Future First Criminal Law for unparalleled expertise and success in DUI defense. Our team has safeguarded countless clients, their families, reputations, and futures. Pursue justice and favorable results by connecting with our experienced DUI lawyers who will navigate your legal situation with professionalism and dedication.

Call or text us today for your free phone consultation. We are here to help protect your rights, your reputation, your family and your future!

Standard DUI

(BAC higher than .08%)

1st Offense

  • Jail Time Days: 1+
  • Home Detention Days: After 1 Day Served
  • License Suspension: 90 Days – 1 Year
  • Penalties and Fines: $1,500+
  • Ignition Interlock Device: 6 Months
  • Points on License: 8
  • Alcohol Screening and Counseling
  • Traffic Survival School
  • SR22 Insurance

2nd Offense

  • Jail Time Days: 6+
  • Home Detention Days: 24+
  • License Revocation: 1 Year
  • Penalties and Fines: $3,500+
  • Ignition Interlock Device: 1 Year
  • Community Service Hours: 30+
  • Points on License: 8
  • Alcohol Screening and Counseling
  • Traffic Survival School
  • SR22 Insurance

3rd Offense

  • Prison Time Days: 120+
  • Home Detention Days: Not Available
  • Supervised Probation: 5+ Years
  • License Revocation: 3 Years
  • Penalties and Fines: $5,000+
  • Ignition Interlock Device: 2 Years
  • Points on License: 8
  • Alcohol Screening and Counseling
  • Traffic Survival School
  • SR22 Insurance

Extreme DUI

(BAC higher than .15%)

1st Offense

  • Jail Time Days: 2+
  • Home Detention Days: 7+
  • License Suspension: 90 Days – 1 Year
  • Penalties and Fines: $3,000+
  • Ignition Interlock Device: 1 Year
  • Points on License: 8
  • Alcohol Screening and Counseling
  • Traffic Survival School
  • SR22 Insurance

2nd Offense

  • Jail Time Days: 24+
  • Home Detention Days: 36+
  • License Revocation: 1 Year
  • Penalties and Fines: $4,000+
  • Ignition Interlock Device: 1 Year+
  • Community Service Hours: 30+
  • Points on License: 8
  • Alcohol Screening and Counseling
  • Traffic Survival School
  • SR22 Insurance

3rd Offense

  • Prison Time Days: 120+
  • Home Detention Days: Not Available
  • Supervised Probation: 5+ Years
  • License Revocation: 3 Years
  • Penalties and Fines: $5,000+
  • Ignition Interlock Device: 2 Years
  • 8 Points on License
  • Alcohol Screening and Counseling
  • Traffic Survival School
  • SR22 Insurance

Super Extreme DUI

(BAC higher than .20%)

1st Offense

  • Jail Time Days: 3+
  • Home Detention Days: 11+
  • License Suspension: 90 Days – 1 Year
  • Penalties and Fines: $3,500+
  • Ignition Interlock Device: 1+ Years
  • Points on License: 8
  • Alcohol Screening and Counseling
  • Traffic Survival School
  • SR22 Insurance

2nd Offense

  • Jail Time Days: 36+
  • Home Detention Days: 54+
  • License Revocation: 1 Year
  • Penalties and Fines: $5,000+
  • Ignition Interlock Device: 2 Years
  • Community Service Hours: 30+
  • Points on License: 8
  • Alcohol Screening and Counseling
  • Traffic Survival School
  • SR22 Insurance

3rd Offense

  • Prison Time Days: 120+
  • Home Detention Days: Not Available
  • Supervised Probation: 5+ Years
  • License Revocation: 3 Years
  • Penalties and Fines: $5,000+
  • Ignition Interlock Device: 2 Years
  • Points on License: 8
  • Alcohol Screening and Counseling
  • Traffic Survival School
  • SR22 Insurance