Mesa DUI Lawyers
Aggressive Advocacy for Clients in the State of Arizona
Facing DUI charges is difficult. You could face license suspension, fines, and even jail time. It is critical that you retain legal advocates who are familiar with the law and who know how to help. At McPhie Law, our team of Mesa criminal defense lawyers includes a former Maricopa Deputy County Attorney who understands how prosecutors build their cases. Along with the other lawyers at McPhie Law, he has years of experience in DUI criminal defense, and specifically in DUI defense. If you have been charged with DUI in Mesa, get the knowledgeable and experienced legal representation you need by turning to our firm.
Our experience has taught us that the sooner we can get to work on a client’s defense, the better the outcomes may be. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, do not hesitate to reach out to us.
We are proud of our record and believe our clients trust us because:
- We understand complex Arizona DUI cases and relevant defense strategies
- Our attorneys have resolved thousands of cases in Arizona criminal court
- We have courtroom experience in nearly every East Valley court
- Ryan McPhie won the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016
- We are an American Academy of Trial Attorneys Premier 100 Law Firm
Types of DUIs in Arizona
In Arizona, if you are caught operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content level (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you will be charged with DUI. According to Arizona DUI laws, there are four DUIs that you can be convicted of, each with its own fines and jail sentences. The DUI charges you incur depend upon several factors, including your level of intoxication and whether it is a first or repeat offense.
The four types of DUIs include:
- Standard DUI: when a driver’s BAC is more than 0.08% but less than 0.15%
- Extreme DUI: when a driver’s BAC is more than 0.15% but less than 0.20%
- Super Extreme DUI: when a driver’s BAC is more than 0.20%
- Aggravated DUI: when a driver is arrested for DUI, and this is his or her third DUI within seven years, he or she is driving on a license that is suspended, canceled, or revoked, or he or she has a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle
Defense Strategies for a DUI Charge in Mesa
Regardless of what type of DUI conviction you are facing, our criminal defense lawyers can develop a plan to defend against your charges. Every DUI case is unique, and our skilled legal professionals are able to choose the applicable defense strategies based on the specific circumstances surrounding your case.
Common defense tactics we use to defend against DUI charges include:
- Lack of physical control
- Lack of evidence
- No reason for a police stop
- Problems with a breathalyzer or blood test
- Violation of rights
- Medical conditions
Frequently Asked Questions about Arizona DUIs
Once those blue and red lights flash up in your rear view mirror, it is almost never a good situation. For many people, their eagerness to comply with law enforcement results in making incriminating statements about their state. The more you know about how to face DUI charges, the better. Here we have provided some answers to questions our clients often ask. For more information, call our firm.
Why was I charged with DUI when I blew a BAC reading of less than .08 percent?
First, some people legally cannot drive with a BAC reading of 0.08 percent. These include commercial drivers or minors. Outside of that, law enforcement in Arizona sometimes pulls people over on suspicion of impaired driving. If you feel you were unfairly targeted, you may be able to argue that the stop was unlawful. Otherwise, you’ll need to prove you were not intoxicated or that you were in actual control of your vehicle.
What happens if law enforcement doesn’t read me my Miranda rights?
While you could still be arrested for DUI, the failure of the police officer to read you your rights means your Mesa DUI lawyer could reasonably argue for the court to throw out any statements you made. You will still have to fight the DUI charges.
Should I take a sobriety test if asked to do so?
In most cases, you should not provide law enforcement with any more information than they already have. When a law enforcement officer asks you to submit to a sobriety test, they likely already suspect you of being guilty of DUI, so cooperating with their tests will only add further evidence to their case against you.
If you believe you might be guilty of DUI, you should politely refuse to take their tests. While this will result in the suspension of your license, you will not have a criminal charge on your record.
Our Firm’s Commitment
At McPhie Law, we understand that a DUI or any criminal charge can change a client’s life from the moment they are accused. However, we believe that no criminal case should define someone. People make mistakes, but they deserve another chance.
Our criminal defense commitment is to work hard for every client and ensure the protection of his or her rights and freedom. Every case is unique, and while we cannot promise specific outcomes, we proudly invite all potential clients to review our past client testimonials.