In Arizona, the penalties for drinking and driving are severe and go far beyond criminal penalties such as fines and imprisonment. There are also a number of administrative ramifications with DUI/DWI charges that occur pertaining to driver's licenses/driving privileges. The Law Office of Cary L. Lackey, P.C., will fight for your right to hold onto your driver's license as well as defend you against criminal charges.

Meeting The Need For Experienced DUI/DWI Defense Representation

Since becoming a practicing lawyer in 1995, I have handled every aspect of DUI/DWI representation. Having tried so many of these cases, I understand the approach that prosecuting attorneys will take when it comes to such crimes. It is my strategy to challenge unreliable evidence and testimony not allowed under Arizona court rules, statutes, and/or applicable case law.

I understand the case law challenging DUI laws and arrest tactics. When reviewing the entire court record, I will check to see if there was reasonable suspicion for arresting officers to pull you over, whether consent for field sobriety or blood tests was properly given, and whether all such tests were conducted properly and in accordance with the law. In every instance where a blood test is an issue, I will have an independent test of the state's blood sample conducted to see if there are any discrepancies.

The Costs Of A DUI/DWI Conviction

Mistakes made in representation by an attorney not knowledgeable in DUI/DWI law can be extremely costly. Even a first-time DUI not involving an accident or injury to others and a blood alcohol level of 0.8 or above can result in six months in jail and fines of $2,500, plus surcharges. The fines will extensively increase with each subsequent DUI conviction. Extreme DUIs (BAC of .15 or above) or Super Extreme DUI (BAC of .20 or above) will lead to increased jail time, exorbitant fines and restrictions or complete suspension of your driver's license.

As a DUI defense attorney who regularly practices in metropolitan Phoenix and the Maricopa County courts, I understand the consequences that can come about with a drunk driving arrest. Any attorney representing a client in DUI cases needs to understand the penalties, regularly try such cases in court, keep up to date on legal trends and legal challenges (especially pertaining to criminal law labs where blood samples are analyzed), know how to negotiate with prosecuting attorneys and understand how such arrests take place.

Contact my law firm, The Law Office of Cary L. Lackey, P.C., for a free initial consultation by calling 602-288-2303.