What should I do if I am charged with a crime?
Do not, under any circumstances, discuss your case with people who are not your attorneys. Anything you say to anyone other than your attorney can be used against you in court.
My ticket has more than one DUI charge listed, why am I charged multiple times?
In Arizona, Officers and Prosecutors can charge every criminal charge applicable under the law. The DUI statute allows for individuals charged with DUI to be cited for a variety of different DUI charges depending on the allegations in the case.
For example, a person who is alleged to have been driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level at or above a 0.08 can be charged with violation of 28-1381A2. That person can also be charged with a second DUI violation under 28-1381A1 for driving or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle being impaired to the slightest degree.
Other DUI charges may be applicable if the accused's blood alcohol level exceeds a 0.15 or a 0.20, or if a drug or its metabolite is in the accused's blood.
Do I have to appear in court?
Depending on the court, and the charges the defendant faces, an attorney may be able to waive your presence for interim hearings.