November 30, 2012

Sheriff's Department Receives Grant to Fight DUI
-- Grant money being used to aggressively target drivers operating under the influence. --

    November 30, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Arizona has long taken a tough stand against drunk drivers. Police plan aggressive sobriety campaigns within the region, which can catch many motorists off-guard. Once arrested, an individual may not know what to expect. The penalties that may result in the event of a conviction may have life-changing consequences.

The holidays have often been a very busy time for law enforcement officers patrolling for drunk drivers. Recently, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office received a grant from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety to help take drunk drivers off of the county's roadways.

The $70,000 grant will be divided between speed and DUI enforcement. Much of the money will go toward overtime for officers, enabling them to spend longer hours looking for drunk drivers. A portion of the grant will go toward purchasing 11 portable breath testing machines, which will allow officers to quickly check motorists for the presence of alcohol.

Law enforcement may run additional field sobriety tests to check for evidence of impairment. Any of this information could potentially be used at trial if an arrested is made. Those facing DUI charges need to understand the seriousness of these charges.

In Arizona, the penalties for a first-time DUI conviction can include the loss of a driver's license, jail time and high fines. Additionally, those convicted will also be looking at increased insurance costs, as well as additional court costs and expenses. The penalties increase substantially if the motorist is found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or above, which is called extreme DUI.

Repeat offenses also can increase the potential punishments that may be imposed. A second-offense DUI conviction can result in at least a 30-day jail sentence, as well as high fines and license suspension. In some cases, motorists will have to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles. They will have to pay for installation and monitoring costs associated with the device.

If you have been arrested for DUI, know that the prosecutors take these cases very seriously. Know what you need to do to protect yourself during this process. Police must follow very specific steps, and it will be important to review the facts of your case to ensure that the officer performed all of the necessary procedures.

While it may be tempting to plead guilty, a conviction for DUI will not just disappear. Additional convictions will only increase the penalties that you may be facing. Speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area to understand the options that are available to you.

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