WHAT DOES A DUI COST IN ARIZONA?
It happens. People get DUIs everyday. And if this has happened to you, you're probably wondering what it's going to cost you. Unfortunately, more than you think. Ever hear of an Ignition Interlock Device? Didn't think so. And chances are you may not be aware of some of the other costs that go along with cleaning up a DUI charge in Arizona, such as associated legal fees, DUI fines, extra insurance costs, DUI classes, and more.
On average, these costs run into thousands of dollars. And this doesn't include if you lose your job because of a DUI charge, or if you're unable to secure employment because a DUI charge in Arizona goes on your permanent record. That's right. Your permanent record. That means a DUI charge can follow you around for the rest of your life whenever a background check is required.
WHAT IS AN IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE?
If you're lucky enough, It is possible the judge could order that you pay for the installation of an ignition interlock device so you can still drive. The device costs about $2,000 to install and is wired into your vehicle's ignition system to work like a Breathalyzer test. You have to blow into it before you can drive. If alcohol is detected on your breath, the vehicle won't start. You may even have to pay a monthly fee for use of this device.
WHAT ABOUT MY CAR INSURANCE?
When you've been convicted of a DUI in Arizona, your car insurance premium will go up. How high depends on the car insurance company, but you can certainly count on it going up if you're not dropped altogether because a DUI conviction means you're at a higher risk of being in or causing an accident. You may not be able to afford the high insurance prices which could prevent you from driving.
While the financial and long-term repercussions of a DUI seem hefty, the fact is that driving under the influence is dangerous and against the law. The best way to get through this time is to get your case evaluated by a DUI lawyer in Arizona. If you are facing DUI charges and have questions about what it will cost you as well as how to minimize the damage done, we can help. We have extensive experience representing individuals with DUI charges. I will be with you every step of the way to fight your case and set things right . To find out more, call 602-888-0369 and speak to Arja directly with your questions.
DUI's Do's and Dont's
DUI Do's and Don'ts
Driving under the influence is a serious crime that can bring major consequences. However, just because you are arrested doesn't mean you are guaranteed to be convicted of the crime. In fact, as long as you know what to do and what not to do, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome for your case, which could mean reduced or even dismissed charges.
What You Should Do
If you are pulled over on the pretense of a DUI, there are certain actions you should take to protect yourself. Everyone has the right to not incriminate themselves so make sure you take advantage of that right. First and foremost, you have every right to request speaking with a DUI defense attorney about your case as soon as possible. All you need to do is request to speak to an attorney. Provide the officer with your license and registration as requested. It is never a good idea to deny this information. Instead of the breathalyzer test, ask for a blood test at the hospital for more accurate results. Finally, be sure you are courteous toward the officer. Belligerence will only cause more troubles down the road.
What You Shouldn't Do
In addition to knowing what you should do, it's critical to make sure you avoid certain behaviors that can incriminate yourself and seal you into the maximum punishment possible for your offense. Never agree to take any kind of blood alcohol test until you talk to one of our DUI attorneys. You should also respectfully decline to answer questions and never agree to be videotaped because this can all be admissible evidence. Don't take the eye test, submit to any field sobriety tests or admit to anything on the scene. It's also important to avoid trying to talk your way out of the charges or to be rude to the officer in any way. The key is to stay positive and friendly.
While there are exceptions to these rules, they do apply in most cases. The problem many people encounter with a DUI is they are already convicted before they enter the court room due to things they said or did while on the scene. It's important to keep your cool and insist on talking to an attorney before you do or say anything. We will be able to guide you through the process to increase your chances of a better outcome.
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