There are so many things that can go wrong if you chose to ignore your DUI instead of dealing with it head on — here are just a few of those problems:
If you fail to appear in court for your DUI, the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest and will add another criminal charge to your case. In Arizona, failure to appear is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by up to six (6) months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. The next time you are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction, the police officer will take you into custody based on the bench warrant and take you to jail until you appear before the court.
Driving on a suspended license is a criminal offense and, again, can result in significant fines and punishment and up to six (6) months in jail. If the license suspension is due to an arrest or conviction for DUI, the penalties are even more severe and could result in felony charges and a mandatory prison sentence. If you are charged with a DUI, don’t drive while your license is suspended!
Appearing in court can result in feelings of anxiety and apprehension. However, in most misdemeanor cases, your DUI lawyer can appear in court on your behalf without you being present or can help limit your appearances in court.
Don’t ignore your DUI case and don’t delay. Instead, contact the experienced DUI and criminal defense attorneys at Owens & Perkins today to help guide you through the process and keep the consequences to a minimum.