Possible DUI Defenses if you are charged for driving under the influence in Phoenix, AZ
There are a number of defenses you can raise against a DUI charge, including:
- Issues with the breathalyzer (equipment failure, officer handling, or a medical condition the driver has that causes a faulty reading)
- Lack of probable cause to pull you over
- Inaccurate blood/urine testing
- Miranda Rights- while you may not be able to have your case dismissed if the officer failed to read you your Miranda rights, some evidence collected after your arrest may be excluded.
- Improper field sobriety testing
If you plan on raising any of these defenses in your case, it is vital that you have an experienced DUI attorney representing you to make sure it is done properly.
Impact of a Phoenix DUI on Your Job
There are many ways a DUI conviction can impact your employment. Arizona is an at-will employment state, so your employer may terminate you after hearing of your arrest, even if you are never convicted. You may be reprimanded or fired for taking too much time off of work for hearings, trial preparation, and the trial itself, as most of these need to happen during business hours. DUI convictions carry mandatory jail sentences, which can also affect your work. Your employer may not be lenient in giving you time off if you are sentenced to more than a few days.
When your driver’s license is suspended or revoked, you may need to find alternative transportation to work, such as public transportation, ride sharing, and getting rides from friends and family members. All three of these commuting methods put you at risk of being late to work. If your job requires you to drive and/or have a commercial license, it may simply be impossible for you to continue your employment there after a DUI conviction.
Many jurisdictions in Arizona will allow you to serve part of your jail sentence under home arrest. For example, if you are sentenced to 30 days in jail, you may end up serving 6 days in jail and 24 days under house arrest. You will be required to wear an ankle monitor, which tracks your location and alcohol consumption, and costs between $10-$30 per day. You may be required to submit to random alcohol testing and have restricted hours in which you can leave your home.