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The Right to Counsel in Arizona


Having your DUI charges dropped or reduced often has everything to do with hiring the right attorney who knows what to look for. There are small details involved in each and every case, and having experience in handling these cases makes an attorney an expert.

There are several instances recorded in the last several years where a DUI charge is dropped based on small technicalities. One of the most commonly overlooked piece of evidence is an individuals right to counsel at the time they are being arrested for DUI or performing blood tests. How and when a suspect is read their rights can have a huge impact on the outcome of their case.

According to Arizona DUI law, when a person who has been arrested for a DUI requests a lawyer, the police must give that person the opportunity to use the phone to contact a DUI lawyer as soon as possible. If they needlessly delay that right, the person may have a defense that will stand up in court. If law officer(s) never let the suspect know about the right to counsel, they have a defense.

It’s extremely important to request a lawyer as soon as possible if you’ve been pulled over for DUI. AnArizona DUI lawyer will be able to inform you of your rights and get you back to your life as soon as possible.

Arizona has some of the stiffest DUI penalties in the nation. It is important to remember that no two DUI stops or arrests are ever the same. Each has its own unique set of circumstances and issues. Arizona must follow specific evidentiary guidelines when conducting a DUI investigation and you have numerous constitutional rights that must be protected at all times during that investigation. Asking to speak to an attorney isn’t admitting guilt, it’s showing the State that you know and understand the law and your rights.

If you’re facing DUI charges, call Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys today and we’ll put our experience and knowledge to work for you.

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