Chandler DUI Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with any DUI offense in the state of Arizona, you are facing serious penalties if you are convicted of the offense—both criminal penalties and collateral damages. Arizona has some of the most severe penalties for DUI offenses in the United States, including jail time, loss of your driver’s license, stiff fines, and the necessity of having an ignition interlock device installed. It is important to know that DUI cases are defensible.
Far too many people believe there is nothing they can do to prevent a DUI conviction, so they plead guilty without a fight. A highly experienced DUI attorney can make a real difference in the outcome of your charges. An attorney from the Ciccarelli Law Offices can identify the unique issues in your case that, in turn, create the best DUI defense.
How Can Ciccarelli Law Offices Help You Through Your Chandler, AZ DUI Charges?
- With more than 100 years of combined criminal defense experience among our team, we will defend your DUI charges with the goal of the very best possible results.
- We are fully armed with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to fight Arizona DUI charges for our clients.
- We understand that you may be feeling anxious, stressed, even scared about your future right now. Your job and your family life could be on the line.
- We also understand that good people sometimes make mistakes, but this doesn’t mean their entire life should be derailed as a result.
- Our Chandler criminal defense attorneys are battle-tested in local court systems and highly experienced in taking on the local District Attorneys’ Offices.
- We will fight for your rights, whether in the form of an alternative sentencing program, lowered charges, or minimum sentencing.
- If there was a mistake made during your stop and arrest, we will fight to have your charges dismissed altogether.
Do not take your DUI charges lightly—take the necessary steps to protect your future by making a call to the Ciccarelli Law Offices.
We also provide legal assistance to other DUI-related cases including:
- CDL DUI
- DUI penalties
- DUI testing
- DUI screening locations
- Chandler DUI to the Slightest Degree
- Chandler Regular DUI
- Chandler Extreme DUI Attorney
- Chandler Super Extreme DUI
- Chandler Aggravated DUI Lawyer
- Chandler Prescription Drug DUI
- Chandler Marijuana DUI
- Chandler Illegal drug DUI
- Chandler Underage DUI Lawyer
What are The Most Common DUI Defenses Available?
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, the specific defense used in your case will depend on the circumstances and facts surrounding your DUI stop and arrest. Below are some of the most commonly used DUI defenses:
- You were not in actual physical control of your vehicle. As an example, if you had too much to drink and pulled off the roadway to sleep it off in the back seat, then you are not in actual physical control of the vehicle.
- The initial stop was not made legally. Police officers need probable cause or reasonable suspicion that a law has been broken in order to pull you over, according to our United States Constitution which keeps evidence from illegal stops from being presented in court. That being said, in almost all cases there is some subjective basis for this suspicion, no matter how small. In other words, even the fact that your license plate may be dirty can be “probable cause” for the officer to pull you over. Obviously, most police officers are going to search hard for something more obvious and commonly look for such traffic violations as speeding, failure to use signals, changing lanes frequently, or rolling through a stop sign.
- The Field Sobriety Tests were not properly administered. Although police officers are trained on the proper procedure for administering field sobriety tests, there are many steps in the process, some of which may be skipped, either inadvertently or deliberately. Officers may fail to consider specific medical conditions which could make passing field sobriety tests difficult or even impossible for a totally sober individual. When field sobriety tests are given on the side of the road, the terrain may be rocky and uneven, making it difficult for anyone, particularly a woman in heels, to pass the tests. Those who are taking certain medications may have difficulty with the field sobriety tests, or those with a history of vertigo or other balance issues can also have difficulties. One of the tests is called the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, which must be given by an officer that has been certified to administer the test. There are many, many issues associated with field sobriety tests, and your attorney can determine whether any of these issues existed for you.
- You were denied the right to counsel. Once arrested for DUI, DWI, Extreme DUI, Super Extreme DUI, Aggravated DUI, or any other type of DUI, when you request an attorney the police are legally obliged to provide a phone as soon as reasonably possible. If they ignored your request or waited too long before providing a phone, your attorney could find grounds for dismissal.
- The BAC test was not properly performed. A breathalyzer is, when all is said and done, simply a piece of machinery, which must be maintained, serviced, and well-taken care of. Machines can and do malfunction, and although officers are trained, they may administer the test improperly, allowing the attorney to challenge the results. The machines themselves must be calibrated and must be maintained on a regular basis. The officer must be trained in the administration of the test and must properly follow the procedure. Any deviations can result in challenges to the validity of the test.
- The police officer failed to prepare, failed to show up, or failed to preserve evidence. Police officers, especially in larger cities, may make several DUI stops and arrests each week. As a result, the officer may not have time to properly prepare for your trial. In fact, by the time your trial rolls around, the officer may not even remember the specifics of your arrest, and can only go on his written report, which may or may not be 100% accurate. Further, videos and affidavits go missing, papers are filled out improperly or at the wrong time—in short, in our fallible world, paperwork can, and does, often simply disappear, which could benefit you as your attorney looks for these weaknesses.
Contact A Chandler DUI Defense Lawyer Today
At Ciccarelli Law Offices, our Chandler DUI Defense lawyers represent individuals accused of DUI across the state of Arizona. We know that this is a scary time and we work quickly to protect your rights and freedom at every turn. Let Attorney Lee Ciccarelli help you when you need them most. We have extensive experience helping complex DUI cases in Chandler and throughout the state of Arizona. Contact us or call us today at (480) 725-6132.