Will a DUI Stay on my Record?

Following a DUI arrest, you may concerned about your future – wondering how a DUI charge may affect future jobs. Unfortunately, in Arizona, you cannot expunge a criminal conviction. That means once you have a conviction, it will always stay on your record. This is why it is important to try to avoid a conviction, if at all possible. If you are facing DUI charges, consult with a lawyer to find your best options.  

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First Time DUI Jail Time

Under Arizona law, all DUI convictions come with mandatory jail time. This jail time can be as little as one day for a first time conviction, or could go all the way up to years for multiple felony convictions. The amount of jail time you are facing depends on if you have any prior DUI convictions and what your BAC (blood alcohol content) was when you were arrested.

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Minor in Possession Penalties

A minor in possession of alcohol charge is a misdemeanor, meaning that if you are convicted, you will have a criminal conviction on your record. There is no expungement of criminal convictions in Arizona, which means the conviction will stay on your record forever. For this reason, it is important to take the charge seriously to try to avoid a criminal conviction.

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Police Can Pull You Over for Texting and Driving

In 2017, Tucson made it illegal to operate a phone while driving. This law, however, did not do much to change behavior. This is because police did not have the authority to pull over people for cell phone use. Now, this law has changed and police can stop motorists solely for cell phone use, without the need to see any other traffic violations. 

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Why Did I Get Pulled Over For That? The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of DUI

After reading scores of police reports for DUI investigations, it’s easy to spot trends in who gets pulled over, where, and why. Many clients are confused about why they were pulled over for what they consider minor traffic violations, and feel like they were targeted. Law enforcement, for very good reason, is looking for people driving under the influence. Officers have been trained to find drunk or impaired drivers, and Tucson has a DUI squad whose primary objective is to get impaired drivers off the road

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What do I do if stopped for a DUI?

Drinking and driving can be dangerous, but not necessarily illegal. It becomes illegal if you are impaired to the slightest degree by your drinking, and/or your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above a .08. It is always safer to call a cab/Uber/Lyft after drinking. However, if you are stopped while driving after drinking, it is important to stay calm and remember your rights. 

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