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Being arrested and charged with an Arizona DUI offense is a stressful, frustrating, and frightening experience. Indeed, depending on the charge, someone may be facing fines, license suspension, and time in jail. It may be tempting for some to try to get the case over with as soon as possible. However, before someone accepts the first offer that comes across the table from the prosecution, it is important that someone facing an Arizona DUI case considers the potential collateral consequences of having a conviction on their record.

For those who already have been convicted of a crime, they are likely already aware of the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction. For those without experience in the criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of a conviction can be far worse than those prescribed by law.

What Are Collateral Consequences?

Collateral consequences are the additional penalties that stem from a criminal conviction other than probation, fines, or time spent in jail or prison. Some draw a line between the state-mandated collateral consequences and the social consequences. However, both are equally as real and carry the same potential to change a person’s life.

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Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is negligent, dangerous, and can potentially lead to serious injuries or fatalities. Because driving under the influence (DUI) is so dangerous, those who commit a DUI will face harsh financial penalties for their actions. The penalties of DUI can extend beyond financial and include jail time, affect employment, and lead to license suspension. Today, we will focus on the DUI financial penalties those who are convicted of a DUI in Phoenix, AZ, may face. If you have been accused of a DUI, attorney James E. Novak can look at the details of your case to ensure that you receive a fair trial.

Financial Penalties Will Vary

Under Arizona law, DUI financial penalties will vary based on the particular circumstances of each accused person’s case. Some things that will affect the total amount of financial penalties include driving history, blood alcohol concentration (BAC), drug DUI, repeat offenses, a DUI involving an accident, or leaving the scene of an accident involving a DUI.

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