People often ask about the charges and penalties involved in a situation where they are found only slightly impaired while driving. The law says that the legal blood alcohol limit is .08, but even if you’re below that level, it doesn’t mean you won’t face any charges at all.
This was recently proven when a former NFL player was pulled over for driving 81 mph in a 65-mph zone in Scottsdale Arizona. At the time that the suspect was pulled over, officers made the determination that he was, indeed, impaired while driving. He was given a citation for a misdemeanor DUI. This is a citation that can be given to drivers in Arizona if they are impaired by alcohol, drugs or other substances.
In many cases, when a misdemeanor DUI citation is given, it typically means that the suspect’s blood alcohol level was under the legal limit of .08, but above a .041.
The NFL star later pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 10 days in jail. Because he agreed to attend an alcohol treatment class, he was only in jail for 1 day.
Even if you are only slightly impaired or under the legal limit when pulled over, you can still go to jail. Arizona laws are very strict when it comes to driving while intoxicated. Jail time and fines are to be expected even on a first offense. Second and third offenses carry even stronger penalties.
Most people who have been charged or convicted of DUI are just regular everyday people who made a bad choice. At Naegle Law, we understand that these people want nothing more than to put this situation behind them and move on with their lives. There are steps that must be taken and that’s why it’s so important to have an attorney in your corner.
An experienced DUI lawyer will be able to point you in the right direction and make sure you see the best possible outcome in your case. Charlie Naegle is just such an attorney and would like nothing more than to see you get back to your life the way it was before your DUI. Mistakes will happen. Don’t let them define your life or pull you down. Put an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney to work for you