When it’s the first time you’ve been charged with
DUI, you might feel like there’s no point in fighting the charges against
you. It’s easy to believe that the legal process already in place
is set in stone and that there’s nothing you can do to avoid a conviction
and the sentence that follows.
The truth is, unless you’re involved in the Arizona legal system
on a regular basis, you probably aren’t aware of the various defenses
and loopholes that can drastically change your case. Even if you can’t
avoid a conviction altogether, there are ways to have some charges dropped
and sentences lightened when you work with an experienced Mesa DUI attorney.
It’s common for first time DUI offenders to choose to plead guilty
because they have never been involved in a DUI case before. They might
look at the evidence against them, including test results showing a BAC
at over .11 or the testimony of the arresting officer, and feel that they
have no real recourse. It’s easy for a person in this situation
to think that it’s better if they just plead guilty and get the
whole thing over with as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that the legal system is designed to make you feel this way.
Prosecutors, law enforcement agencies and even the court itself are hoping
you will simply plead guilty so they can move forward with sentencing.
You might be surprised to see what a Mesa DUI attorney can do in a DUI
case to have charges dismissed and sentences changed. For example, depending
on your BAC level, there may be some question as to how and when the test
was conducted and how accurately the results were read.
A Change in Sentencing
There’s no doubt that most judges will typically hand down a routine
sentence when it comes to DUI, especially for first time DUI offenses.
However, an experienced Mesa DUI attorney has the skill and knowledge
to sway the court in the sentencing process. There are many instances
when a plea bargain can be extremely beneficial in helping the accused
avoid long-term prison sentences.
If you’ve already been convicted of DUI in the past and are now involved
in another DUI case, you definitely will want the help of an attorney.
Now your case becomes more complicated and there are stiffer penalties
involved. You’ll want to be sure that you have someone at your side
who is very familiar with process so you don’t miss any opportunities
that can benefit you.
For help defending your DUI charges, call
Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys at 480-378-9000.
Charlie Naegle has successfully defended countless Mesa DUI cases as well as cases across
the entire state of Arizona and can help you too. Consultations with a
complete case review are free of charge and appointments are available