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If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in the state of Arizona, the penalties you are facing are undoubtedly severe. Arizona DUI laws are some of the toughest and most penalizing in the entire country. Every DUI conviction in Arizona carries a term of jail time and penalties vary depending on the details of your case, whether you have prior DUIs, whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony DUI, the amount of alcohol/drugs in your body, your defense strategy, and other factors.

In Arizona, you can be arrested for a DUI while driving a vehicle, motorcycle, and now even riding a motor-powered scooter in Scottsdale, AZ. If you’ve been arrested for any type of Arizona DUI, it’s in your best interest to contact an Arizona DUI attorney right away while in custody upon your arrest or upon your release as there are actions your lawyer can immediately take to begin building your defense and fighting your case.

Benefits of requesting to speak to an attorney while in custody:

  1. Upon being stopped and interrogated by police, you should request to speak to an attorney immediately.
  2. Contacting an Arizona DUI attorney while you are still in custody will afford you the opportunity to discuss the implications of consenting to or refusing a blood, breath, or urine test, which may vary depending on your situation. This can have major implications on your Arizona driver license or driving privileges if you carry an out-of-state license.
  3. Discussing your rights immediately with an Arizona DUI attorney during an investigation can have a significant positive impact on your case and can greatly mitigate evidence that would later be used against you.
  4. An Arizona DUI attorney can assist in setting up an independent test of your blood, breath, or urine, depending on your situation, which is crucial to determine as soon as possible after a DUI arrest to preserve your rights and potential evidence.

Benefits of contacting an attorney the day you are released from custody:

  1. Fast action allows your attorney to begin gathering the facts right away to build a strong case for you. There are fresh details of the arrest that can make or break your case.  
  2. A DUI arrest will likely cause law enforcement to send an Admin Per Se/Implied Consent affidavit to Arizona MVD to determine whether your driver license or privileges will be suspended or revoked.
  3. There is a very short period of time to request a hearing with the MVD Executive Hearing Office. Upon being released from custody, you should contact an Arizona DUI attorney immediately to discuss preserving your right to fight the potential driving suspension or revocation.
  4. Time to prepare for your first court date – If you wait until your first court date is approaching to contact a DUI attorney, there is less time available to collect evidence and interviews that could influence the outcome of your case. Courts have deadlines and specific processes your attorney is required to follow. Contacting an attorney right away will increase the time allowed to prepare a solid defense strategy for your first court date.
  5. Vehicle Impound – It is very likely law enforcement towed and had your vehicle impounded. An Arizona DUI attorney can discuss whether you are eligible to qualify for early release of your vehicle and the process of getting your vehicle out of impound as soon as possible to avoid additional costs and fees.


A compelling, professional, and aggressive defense is essential when fighting an Arizona drunk driving charge. It’s important to contact a skilled DUI attorney as soon as possible after your arrest and before making any incriminating statements to law enforcement.

Attorney Tyler M. Allen has extensive experience and results fighting DUIs in the Queen Creek Municipal Court, Phoenix Municipal Court, Scottsdale Municipal Court, Maricopa County Superior Court, Payson Justice Court, Payson Magistrate/Municipal Court, Gila County Superior Court, Gilbert Municipal Court, Chandler Municipal Court, Mesa Municipal Court, San Tan Justice Court, Kyrene Justice Court, McDowell Mountain Justice Court, University Lakes Justice Court, San Marcos Justice Court, West Mesa Justice Court, East Mesa Justice Court, Apache Junction Justice Court, Florence Justice Court, Florence Municipal Court, Pinal County Superior Court.

Although it’s highly beneficial to contact an attorney right away upon your release, if you are approaching your first court date and have not contacted a lawyer yet, it’s also not too late to take action. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.

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