What Should I Do If Charged With DUI After an Arizona Car Crash?

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Accusations of drunk driving may come up right at the scene of an accident and result in an arrest. If you were injured, but there are concerns you were impaired, you might wake up to law enforcement officers at your hospital bedside requesting to take a blood sample.

Alcohol, marijuana or prescription medication found in your system could result in a DUI charge. You could end up facing two parallel court cases in criminal and civil court.

Initially, wait to give any statement to your insurance company. Recognize that a prosecutor handling a criminal investigation will be able to access any statement that you make.

Potential Criminal Charges

In Maricopa County, prosecutors take these cases seriously. They are known to bring felony-level charges if the accident caused a serious injury – DUI and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (your vehicle). If there was a death, the charge could be vehicular homicide.

The penalties for a conviction on felony-level charges can include a prison term of three to five years. Fines, fees and other costs could run into the tens of thousands.

Talk to a Criminal Defense Attorney

What happens in the criminal case can affect the civil claim as well. As soon as possible, get in touch with a criminal defense attorney who can defend you against DUI allegations. In some cases, this attorney may be able to reach resolution on both cases.

Input from a victim may make a difference on the criminal case. This is where proactive advocacy can sometimes lead to mutually beneficial solutions. It is unlikely in the best interests of another person injured in the accident to have you spend three to five years in jail. Staying out of jail ensures you are able to keep working to pay to settle a civil suit.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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