Hire Our Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested or are the subject of a criminal investigation, it’s time to contact an experienced Tucson, Arizona, criminal law defense attorney. Law enforcement and government prosecutors have vast resources and powerful tools at their disposal. At the McDonald Law Firm, we will protect your rights every step of the way.
Know Your Rights
If you have been stopped, arrested or are being interviewed, you have a Constitutional right to remain silent and have an attorney present during questioning. It’s imperative that you advocate for a lawyer and contact the McDonald Law Firm immediately. People who are innocent of charges often want to be open and honest with law enforcement. That can sometimes backfire when investigators misunderstand your statement. The benefit of having a defense attorney at your side may prevent or limit criminal charges. We will also push to have you released from custody or petition the court for reasonable bail so that you can maintain your freedom.
DUI in Arizona
Arizona takes a tough stance on public safety laws. The state has adopted the national standard of .08 percent BAC for drivers, .04 for commercial vehicle operators and zero tolerance for anyone under 21 with alcohol in their system. A drunk or impaired driving conviction can result in loss of license, hefty fines and jail time. This can have a tremendous impact on your ability to get to work and future employment. As an experienced criminal law firm, we will scrutinize any evidence the state claims it has against you. For example:
- Did the police make a lawful stop?
- Did you pass the field sobriety test before being arrested?
- Was the breathalyzer properly administered?
- Did diet, medical conditions, dental work or other things influence the test?
When mistakes are made, charges may be dropped or reduced.
Misdemeanors and Felonies
If you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you face large fines, jail time and a permanent criminal record that could haunt you. Being charged, however, does not mean the state will be able to secure a conviction against you. Scrutinizing the state’s case and pushing back on police missteps can open the door to prosecutors agreeing to a plea arrangement. In some cases, we may be able to work out a diversion program that leaves you without a criminal record. If government attorneys won’t negotiate reasonably, we’ll see them at trial and make them prove their case.
If you have been charged or are the subject of a criminal investigation, call the McDonald Law Firm immediately.