The Behan Law Group, P.L.L.C.


1-877-MISS-DUI / 1-877-647-7384

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945 N. Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705

Pima County First-Time DUI Defense Attorney

Graham County First-Time DUI Lawyers

Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers in Tucson

Being charged with a DUI can be nerve-wracking and intimidating. It can be difficult to understand everything that led up to your arrest and even more difficult to comprehend everything that is now ahead of you. That is why it is so important to talk to experienced DUI defense attorneys. We know how to challenge the reasons why the police stopped you. We know how to look for the issues with the DUI investigation, and we know how to read the laboratory reports to discover contamination and other errors that can lead to false test results.

Whatever the circumstances that led to your first-time DUI arrest, you should not attempt to handle these criminal charges without legal representation. Our experienced DUI defense lawyers of The Behan Law Group, P.L.L.C. can protect your rights and help you fight these charges. Call us today at 520-220-5047 to schedule a free consultation.

Arizona First-Time DUI Law

If you are 21 years old or older, then can be charged with a DUI if you:

  • Are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and impaired to the slightest degree, or
  • Have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher while driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle, if that BAC is due to alcohol consumed before or while driving (or being in actual physical control of a vehicle).

If you under 21 years of age, you can be charged with a DUI and you can be charged with a separate criminal offense of Minor Driving With Alcohol in Body if you have any alcohol in your system, meaning anything greater than zero percent BAC. If you have a commercial driver's license and were driving your work vehicle at the time of the traffic stop, a BAC of .04 percent or higher will lead to a DUI.

Consequences of a First-Time DUI

If you are convicted of a first-offense DUI, you could be facing some of the toughest DUI consequences in the country, including:

  • At least 10 days (though nine days can be suspended) in jail
  • Fines and fees of approximately $2,000.00
  • A potential 90-day driver's license suspension (with additional penalties resulting from other circumstances)
  • The requirement to install an ignition interlock device in any car you drive
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Alcohol or drug assessment and education classes

By working with an experienced DUI defense lawyer, you have a greater likelihood of being exonerated or minimizing the consequences of a conviction. An attorney can fight for you to get the best possible outcome by reviewing the case materials to exploit all of the weaknesses in the case.



Is There a Way to Avoid a License Suspension?

Answer: You can request a hearing to challenge whether a suspension is appropriate. If you can show that there is a strong reason why your license should not be suspended based on your arrest alone, you may be able to keep driving.


What Conditions Must I Meet to Get My License Reinstated After a DUI Suspension?

Answer: Before you can drive again, you will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle you routinely drive. You must also complete an alcohol and drug screening, and you may be required to attend substance abuse treatment. In most cases, you will also need to have paid any fines or fees assessed by the court.


What Is a Hardship License?

Answer: If your license is suspended, but you genuinely need to drive to get to work or school or for substance abuse treatment, you might be able to apply for a restricted license. A restricted license allows you to drive for only limited and specific purposes. However, you must serve 30 days of your license suspension first.


What Are the Penalties for a “Simple” First-Time DUI in Arizona?

Answer: The minimum jail sentence for a first-DUI conviction in Arizona is 10 days. However, you could be sentenced to up to a year in the county jail. You are also likely to be fined at least $1,250. You may be placed on probation or be ordered to complete community service.


What is an Extreme DUI or a Super Extreme DUI?

Answer: These are DUIs where the driver was highly intoxicated. An extreme DUI may be charged if a driver’s BAC was over 0.15%, while a super extreme DUI may be charged if the driver had a BAC greater than 0.20%. An extreme DUI carries a jail sentence of at least 30 days, and a fine of at least $2,500. A super extreme DUI carries a sentence of at least 45 days in jail and a minimum $2,750 fine. The penalties can be significantly steeper for drunk drivers with high BAC levels. An attorney may be able to help people in these situations take steps to reduce their potential jail time.


What Is an Aggravated DUI?

Answer: An aggravated DUI involves circumstances that make the offense more serious than a usual DUI case, such as causing bodily harm to someone. Aggravated DUIs are felony charges. There are multiple reasons that you could have been charged with a felony DUI, even if it is your first DUI. Aggravating factors include carrying a passenger under 15 years old, intoxicated driving without a valid license, injuring or killing someone, and driving the wrong way on a highway.


What Are the Penalties for Aggravated DUI?

Answer: Because an aggravated DUI is a felony, this crime can carry a sentence of over a year in prison. Sentencing depends on which particular aggravating factor was present. A DUI that causes bodily harm to someone will likely lead to harsher sentencing than a DUI with an expired license. Long periods of parole or probation are common, and getting your license fully reinstated will be challenging. Call an Arizona DUI Lawyer The Behan Law Group is committed to providing exemplary DUI defense. Our skilled Tucson DUI attorneys will fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed. Contact us at 877-647-7384 to receive a free consultation.

Let Our Graham County DUI Defense Lawyers Help

There are many ways to fight a DUI and have the charges reduced, dismissed, or win a jury trial. There are also numerous strategies to lessen the consequences of a conviction. By contacting us at The Behan Law Group, P.L.L.C. at 520-220-5047, you can schedule a free consultation to learn about your rights and options.

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