If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the past, a subsequent DUI arrest will jeopardize your freedom and your reputation. Another DUI conviction will result in harsher penalties that your first DUI offense. Among these penalties are jail time, fines, probation and the loss of your driving privileges. When you are facing multiple DUI offenses, the best decision you can make is to call an experienced Phoenix DUI defense attorney as soon as possible.
Blischak Law Firm routinely handles multiple DUI offenses in Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, and throughout the state of Arizona. Well-versed in the state’s DUI laws, we are keenly aware that a conviction for multiple DUI offenses seriously impacts your future. In case of a third or subsequent DUI, the charge will be elevated to a felony, which means that you will have a permanent criminal record if you are convicted.
When you become our client, you will have a well-credentialed criminal defense legal team on your side. Founding attorney John Blischak launched his practice after having an impressive career as an FBI agent and then serving as a county prosecutor. Being in the trenches allows him to anticipate the tactics prosecutors will use to gain a conviction and choose the best line of defense. When your freedom and good name are on the line, Blischak Law Firm is the experienced choice in Arizona DUI defense.
What is DUI in Arizona?
Under the state’s DUI law, driving under the influence is defined as driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, which includes illegal substances, prescription medication and even certain over-the-counter drugs.
Basically, you can be charged with DUI if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher, regardless of whether your driving is impaired. It is important to note that you don’t even need to be driving to be charged with DUI if you were in “actual physical control” of a vehicle. In any event, a first DUI is considered a misdemeanor, and a conviction will lead to a minimum of 10 days in jail, fines, and additional penalties.
Penalties for Multiple DUI Offenses in Arizona
Once you have a first DUI on your record, sentence enhancements will be applied to subsequent DUI convictions for up to 84 months. In other words, if you are arrested for a subsequent DUI within 7 years, you will face more severe penalties. It goes without saying that the state of Arizona takes multiple DUI charges very seriously. This is why you need the aggressive legal representation Blischak Law Firm is capable of providing.
If you are convicted of a second DUI, you may face between 90 to 180 days in jail, 30 hours of community service, a 12-month license revocation, fines and fees up to $3,000. In addition, an Ignition Interlock Device (IDD) will be installed on your vehicle for 12 months, and you must complete an alcohol/drug screening, treatment and education program.
From there, the penalties become more severe. Third and subsequent DUI offenses will be classified as felonies, generally resulting in longer jail sentences, higher fines and fees, and a longer license revocation period — up to 24 months.
Finally, being convicted of a felony conviction will have lasting consequences since you lose the right vote and the right to own a firearm. Having a permanent criminal record can also impact employment prospects, and even interfere with your livelihood if you are a commercial driver.
Having prior DUI convictions is considered an “aggravating factor” which will weigh heavily in sentencing — a third or subsequent DUI conviction may be considered a class 4 or class 6 felony. Moreover, the potential punishments increase greatly if there are additional aggravating factors, such as:
- Driving under the influence with a passenger under the age of 15
- Committing a DUI offense after a court-ordered use of an IDD
- Driving under the influence with a suspended or revoked license
- Causing property damage or a personal injury while driving under the influence
- It is worth noting that you also face civil liability in the event of an accident and may be forced to pay damages to injured parties.
Contact Our Phoenix Multiple DUI Attorney
If you have been charged with a second, third, or multiple DUI offense, you can expect to face a vigorous prosecution. Given that drunk driving is the leading cause of car accident fatalities, the state of Arizona takes multiple DUI offenses very seriously. Prosecutors will take a tough stance to demonstrate their concern for public safety. Nonetheless, they must be able to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Knowing that a prior DUI conviction will weigh heavily against you, our legal team will work tirelessly to defend your rights by questioning whether law enforcement had reasonable cause to pull you over and challenging the results of a breathalyzer test, other chemical tests, or any field sobriety tests. At the same time, we will be honest about your prospects at trial and work to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
If you are facing multiple DUI charges, the odds are stacked against you, and time is of the essence. The sooner you call Blischak Law Firm or fill out the contact form, the sooner we can protect your freedom and your rights.