Last January???? Wow, that is quite a long time ago.
How best to fight it? First, gather up your medical records showing that you were not driving under the influence of alcohol, as perhaps Arizona police and the prosecutor assumes. Second, if you had a passenger or passengers, contact them and ask them to write down what they can best remember about the accident. Third, as other counsel have recommended, retain counsel who is experienced and local to the courthouse where the case is. Be sure to ask if you must appear in court (in California, in most misdemeanor DUI's, the defendant does not need to appear (there are exceptions).
The best way to fight? That's easy -- hire a criminal defense attorney that deals with alcohol-related driving offense cases.
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You should immediately contact a criminal defense attorney in Arizona
James M. Warden
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Contact at the very least one AZ attorney before calling the court on Monday. In fact let an attorney make that call to the court for you. Good luck.
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If arraignment is set for a court in Arizona then you should consult an attorney admitted in that jurisdiction.
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I am a CA lawyer, not an AZ lawyer. In CA, if the police made no move to arrest you for a misdemeanor in one year after your accident, you have grounds to bring a motion for a speedy trial violation, since a misdemeanor statute of limitations in CA is one year. There are some exceptions, and one of those is if the party was out of state, or if the police made reasonable attempts to locate you but you were "on the run". The CA law is based on federal law so I am sure AZ has a similar statutory or caselaw scheme in the event the actual statute of limitations has been exceeded by the period of time that they have failed to contact you. However, you need to check with an AZ attorney about the specific offense, to see if it is a standard misdemeanor DUI especially since there was an accident, and what is the applicable statute of limitations. You should also check to see if your being out of AZ allows the AZ court to get around the speedy trial/due process issue
Touch basis with an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona and one who has handled this type of case. Share with that individual attorney all the information you received in the mail and determine if that attorney can help you. You can learn from that contact if the attorney can make the appearances for you or if you need to personally appear; whether you can enter a plea thru your attorney or whether you have to be personally present. Good luck.
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