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DUI charges can take a toll on your pocketbook

If you're driving home from a night out with friends in Arizona and a police officer pulls you over in a traffic stop, life as you know it may never be the same, especially if you consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel of your car. Facing DUI charges is definitely no small matter, even if it's your first offense. If police take you into custody, your immediate concerns may understandably lie in how to secure your release from jail and how to avoid conviction.

Beyond those urgent issues, however, your personal and professional life from that point on may undergo many difficult challenges because of your arrest. The ultimate outcome of your situation depends on many factors, including, but not limited, to whether the court convicts you. Avoiding conviction may understandably be at the top of your list of things to do in the near future. You may also be worried about how your arrest will affect your family.

Getting life back on track following DUI charges

If a traffic stop turns into DUI charges against you, things may get a whole lot worse before they get better. That's not to say, however, that your fate is automatically sealed because an accusation does not constitute guilt. The following list mentions various ways DUI charges may affect your life as you try to avoid conviction:

  • Your family life may be immediately impacted by your situation. Facing DUI charges can be quite embarrassing, not only for you but for your family members as well. If alcohol-related problems are ongoing in your life, your arrest may add further burden to an already stressful situation.
  • If you are a licensed professional of some sort (doctor, counselor, commercial vehicle operator or teacher, etc.) your job may be greatly at risk even if the court does not hand down a conviction.
  • You may also have a difficult time landing a new job in the future. Many states operate under at will hiring and firing guidelines. Prospective employers who learn of your past DUI arrest may hesitate to add you to their payrolls.
  • Facing DUI charges can be very expensive. First there may be court costs or penalties associated with your situation. You may also face increased insurance premiums down the line.
  • If you were involved in an automobile accident that caused another person injury (or worse) it will likely change your life forever.

Sometimes, Arizona drivers are able to get their charges dismissed. Personal rights violations, faulty breath test results or any number of other factors may convince the court to dismiss a case or, at least, to deem certain evidence inadmissible in court. Knowing how to make the most of the legal options available to you may help you obtain the best possible outcome in a given situation.

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