Repeat DUI Offenses
In recent years, Arizona state law has undergone a major overhaul in regards to the severity of penalties for those convicted of DUI. Drivers charged with a DUI in Scottsdale who have previously been convicted of a DUI in any jurisdiction have been the target of increased penalties. If you have a prior DUI conviction within the past 7 years, you can expect a conviction for a second or subsequent Scottsdale DUI case to carry increased jail time, fines, and
drivers license suspensions.
The good news is that the prosecution is not permitted to inform the jury at your trial about your prior DUI when it comes to most repeat DUI charges in Scottsdale. Instead, a separate proceeding called a priors trial will be held if you are found guilty of the new offense. At the priors trial the prosecution will be required to prove the existence of the prior DUI case beyond a reasonable doubt. While this may sound like an easy task, many times the prosecution will have to rely on copies of court records to establish the prior conviction. A skilled Scottsdale DUI Attorney knows how to identify deficiencies in the prosecution’s records that could prevent them from proving your prior. For many individuals charged with a second DUI in Scottsdale, winning your priors trial could mean the difference between 1 day and 1 month in the county jail.
Representation for Repeat Offenders
If you are charged with DUI in Scottsdale and have a prior DUI in any city or state, you need an experienced, knowledgeable Scottsdale DUI attorney who will fight to maintain your right to drive and your freedom. Scottsdale DUI Lawyer Joshua S. Davidson can help you win your case, maintain your freedom and get on with your life.
Being charged with a second DUI in Scottsdale in a serious matter that requires serious representation. It is imperative that your DUI attorney aggressively challenges both the evidence of the prior conviction as well as the current underlying DUI charge. Mr. Davidson possesses an extensive body of knowledge when it comes to the complexities of Scottsdale DUI law and will put his experience to work for you.