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Given the manner in which Arizona DUI laws are written and enforced, most people who are arrested and charged with an Arizona DUI offense have no idea that they were over the legal limit or were still under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Thus, the fact that Arizona has one of the strictest – if not the strictest –penalty schemes for driving under the influence creates a situation where a motorist may face severe consequences for violating a law they never knew they were breaking.

In Arizona, like most other states, it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above. However, Arizona law is unique in that it creates “presumptions” depending on a motorist’s BAC. For example:

  • a motorist whose BAC is less than .05 is presumed not to be intoxicated;
  • a motorist with a BAC over .08 is presumed to be intoxicated; and
  • there is no presumption of intoxication for motorists with BACs between .05 and .08.

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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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In the state of Arizona, it is illegal to use or possess marijuana, sell or distribute marijuana, produce marijuana, and transport marijuana. It’s also illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana. The state has stiff penalties against people who violate marijuana DUI laws, which is why having a Phoenix, AZ defense attorney is crucial.

We’d like to consider some of the financial penalties associated with marijuana DUI charges so you understand the difficulties ahead. It will reinforce the importance of having a skilled lawyer by your side to help reduce or drop the charges against you.

Arizona Laws on Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

After a DUI conviction, you’re bound to face a number of challenges. Yes, there are fines, jail or prison time, probation, and other penalties levied against you. Yet there are many other consequences and restrictions you may not be aware of. That’s why having a skilled Phoenix, AZ DUI defense attorney is crucial.

With this in mind, we want to consider some of the challenges a person may face when crossing the border to Canada if he or she has a drunk driving conviction on their record. It’s not as simple as having a valid passport. As you’re about to read, these issues can be much more complicated than you expect.

Can You Be Denied Entry to Canada Due to Drunk Driving?

Here at The Law Office of James Novak, we help numerous people in the greater Phoenix area who have been charged with drunk driving. Our DUI defense strategies will note all aspects of your arrest, always striving to ensure fairness and that your Constitutional protections are not violated.

A number of people who come to the firm for legal help are facing their second or third DUI charge. Repeat drunk driving convictions can be very serious. We'd like to look at why right now.

Defining Multiple Convictions in DUI Cases

DUI in any state is a dangerous offense to both you and the motor vehicles around you. Following an arrest, it's important that you seek out a skilled DUI defense attorney and legal defense team. We at The Law Office of James Novak have helped countless people around the Phoenix area with their cases, reducing penalties and ensuring that they receive a fair trial.

Many clients who come to us have questions about the cost of a DUI offense. We'd like to look at some of the fines and monetary penalties that are attached to a drunk driving arrest.

The Fines for DUI Arrests in the State of Arizona

Drunk driving penalties need to be taken very seriously. Jail time, license suspension, fines, and other setbacks will have a marked affect on your life and even your livelihood. It's important that you speak with skilled DUI attorneys following a drunk driving arrest. By doing this, you can fight to have penalties reduced and possibly even have your case reconsidered if the arresting officer violated your rights.

At this time, we would like to look at various fines that are associated with drunk driving arrests and what those will mean for you.

Are fines common with drunk driving arrests?

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