My Teen Was Arrested for a DUI – Now What?

The next few months will be a very busy period for Arizona teenagers. Spring break often means time out of school and partying with friends. April brings Prom dances and an increase in underage drinking. Graduation is also a time for parties and living it up. All of this leads to the increased risk of teenagers drinking or smoking marijuana and getting behind the wheel of a car. So what happens if your teen is arrested for a DUI? Read on to learn more.

Consequences of an Underage DUI in Arizona

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. The Arizona police force and court system don’t take it any easier on teens who drink and drive than adults who are charged with the same crime. In fact, teen drivers are subject to even more scrutiny than those who drink and drive at the legal age of 21.

Arizona has what is known as a “zero tolerance” policy for underage drivers. While a driver aged 21 or older may be arrested for a DUI if he or she shows significant impairment or has a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .08 or higher, a teenager may be arrested for a DUI if he or she has a BAC of any higher than 0.0. So, what happens if a teenager is arrested for a DUI? What consequences does he or she face? Here’s a look at six of the most common penalties for drinking and driving underage:

  • Juvenile Detention or Imprisonment – Underage drivers who are still under the age of 18 may be faced with as many as six months in a juvenile detention center. Those who are legally considered to be adults but still under the legal drinking age may also face imprisonment in a county jail. These individuals will also receive a misdemeanor charge on their adult records.
  • Fines – Even underage drivers can be charged with significant fines if convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Parents of minors charged with a DUI may be responsible for the $2500 in fines, as well as any court fees or attorney fees.
  • Driving Suspension or Restrictions – The driver’s licenses of underage drinkers will often be suspended or revoked for a specific length of time after being charged with a DUI. Judges are very strict with this policy because they want underage drinkers to learn about the severe penalties associated with drinking and driving. Even when driving privileges are reinstated, your teen may be required to install an ignition interlock device which will ensure that he or she is unable to operate the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Treatment Programs – In some cases, an Arizona judge may see fit to assign the arrested and convicted teen to rehabilitation or treatment programs for drug and/or alcohol abuse. This may mean that a teen is required to attend a certain number of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings, or it could mean that your teen will need to live in an in-patient treatment center for a specific number of days or months.
  • Community Service – Many Arizona judges will assign underage drinkers who have been convicted of a DUI to community service hours. These hours must be completed in a certain window of time in order to avoid further fines or repercussions.

What to Do If Your Teen is Arrested for a DUI

Because the penalties for an underage DUI are so hefty in Arizona, it’s important that you act quickly after your child is arrested.

Be sure to reach out to expert legal representation immediately. The Schill Law Group is here to help in your hour of need. Call us to schedule a free case evaluation today.

What to Expect After a DUI Arrest

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is no laughing matter – especially in the state of Arizona. With some of the strictest DUI laws in the nation, Arizona is notorious for stopping and arresting impaired drivers. So, what happens when these drivers are pulled over and detained by the police? What about after the arrested driver is released from jail? How long does the DUI process take? Read on to learn everything you need to know about what to expect after a DUI arrest.

The Arrest

If an Arizona police officer believes that your driving is impaired by alcohol (regardless of your BAC) or other substances, he or she will likely place you under arrest. At this time, you will typically be handcuffed and placed in the backseat of their police car. This step is usually taken as a means of preventing you from forcing yourself to vomit before taking a breathalyzer/ blood test.


After the arrest, you may be escorted to a local precinct or to a mobile DUI van. At this time, you will probably be asked many questions by the police. You have the right to remain silent or to request an attorney. It’s in your best interest to not answer any questions that may incriminate you. Beyond giving the police your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance info, you are not legally obligated to disclose any further information.

Breathalyzer/Blood Testing

Next, you will be asked to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test. Any results from this type of testing could be used as evidence against you in the Arizona court system. Should you refuse testing, however, you will receive an automatic driver’s license suspension for a period of one year.


Depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you may be released into the care of a sober friend, relative, or cab driver, or you may be booked into jail. Generally speaking, you will be booked into jail in situations where you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you failed to provide identification, if you are aggressive with the police officer, or if there are other aggravating conditions.

Court Appearance

Regardless of whether you were released or booked into jail, you will be issued a citation and a court date. After investigating your BAC results, arrest circumstances, and criminal history, a prosecutor will decide whether to charge you with a misdemeanor or felony DUI. Misdemeanors are usually handled by a city court, whereas felony DUIs are handled in superior court.

Having an experienced attorney like ours at the Schill Law Group represent you in the courtroom can help your case significantly. Hiring legal representation shows that you are taking your DUI arrest seriously and are willing to do what it takes to make amends. It is highly advisable that you never appear in court without a lawyer.


Finally, a judge will issue your sentencing. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you could face a number of consequences ranging from DUI education, loss of your license, ignition interlock systems, fines, community service, and jail time. Your lawyer will best be able to evaluate the conditions surrounding your DUI and provide you with the most accurate information on what to expect.

Have you or a loved one been arrested for a DUI in Arizona? There’s no need for you to go it alone during this difficult time. The Schill Law Group has years of experience with DUI cases and we are here to walk you through the process and fight to secure the best outcome. Call our office to schedule a free case consultation today.

Drive Safely and Avoid a DUI During the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – so long as you aren’t getting slammed with a drunk driving charge! DUI arrests tend to peak during the holiday season. In fact, between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the United States sees the number of DUI-related fatalities increase by an incredible 34 percent. As such, Arizona police officers are out in force throughout the season in order to catch impaired drivers in the act. Don’t let your holiday celebrations become marred by a DUI arrest. Here are a few smart tips for avoiding a holiday DUI.

Tip #1: Don’t Drink and Drive

Let’s start with the obvious. The simplest and most effective way to avoid being arrested for driving under the influence is to NOT drive under the influence. The state of Arizona is extremely strict with its DUI policies, and even “buzzed” driving can get you into trouble. In fact, you don’t even need to be over the legal limit to be arrested for a DUI. If you have consumed any alcohol and an officer believes that you have demonstrated behavior that shows any level of impairment, you could find yourself in trouble. Schill Law Group has worked with numerous individuals throughout the years who have ended up with DUIs in situations like these.

Tip #2: Celebrate at Home

If you like to eat, drink, and be merry during the holidays, you might consider playing host to your next big holiday shindig. Having the party in your own home means that you can drink without worrying about getting behind the wheel. As an added bonus, this means that you can also be mindful of others who might have a tendency to act irresponsibly while celebrating.

Tip #3: Choose a Reliable Designated Driver

Most responsible adults understand the importance of asking someone to act as a “designated driver” during an evening of drinking. If you’ve decided that a designated driver is the right move for you, make sure that your driver is completely reliable and will not have even a sip of alcohol during the evening’s festivities. If you feel guilty about a friend staying sober, pitch in together and give him or her a thank you gift for their efforts.

Tip #4: Call a Cab – Even If You Live Close

Living close to a party doesn’t increase your chances of getting home safely – nor does it decrease your chances of getting nailed with a DUI charge. Walking home might not be such a great call, either. If you’ve consumed enough alcohol, you could end up getting in trouble for public intoxication. The fee for a cab or an Uber is a whole lot less than the fines you would face for a DUI or public intoxication charge.

Tip #5: Book a Hotel or Crash with a Friend

If you’re planning on drinking at a holiday celebration away from home and are unable to secure a designated driver, it’s in your best interest to book accommodations at a hotel, or to find a local friend who will let you stay at his or her place. Be sure to make your plans in advance so that you know exactly where you’re going and can get there safely after a night of drinking with friends.

Tip #6: Know Where DUI Checkpoints Are

Before heading out for a weekend of celebrating, it’s smart to do your homework and find out where the local DUI checkpoints will be set up. Many media sources will report this type of information. DUI checkpoints can be very tricky to navigate – even when you’re sober or are far under the legal limit – so it’s generally in your best interest to avoid these areas whenever possible.

Tip #7: Behave Yourself

In the event that you do get pulled over by the police, be as polite and cooperative as possible – without incriminating yourself. Be sure to check out our previous blog on how to handle field sobriety test requests in order to protect yourself and your rights.

Have you or a loved one been arrested for a DUI this holiday season? The Schill Law group is here for you. Give us a call for a free case evaluation today.

Do You Have to Complete a Field Sobriety Test?

Being pulled over by the police is always scary, but being asked to submit to a field sobriety test can be even scarier. Whether an officer has pulled you over on suspicion of DUI or you have been stopped at a DUI checkpoint, you may find yourself panicking and unsure of how to handle yourself. Should you be 100 percent cooperative and do everything the officer asks, or should you take the Fifth and refuse to comply with tests? Do you even have the right to decline a field sobriety test? The answers to these questions are more complex than a simple “yes” or “no.” Because of this, we’ve dedicated an entire post to discussing whether or not you must – or should – complete a field sobriety test.

The Object of Field Sobriety Testing in Arizona

These tests exist as a means of helping a police officer determine whether or not an individual is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and is posing a threat to himself and others on the road. Unfortunately, field sobriety tests can be difficult to pass even if you’re not intoxicated – especially if you’re feeling nervous or on edge. What’s more, an officer’s judgment of a field sobriety test is entirely subjective (except in the instance of a breathalyzer test), and an officer could determine that an individual is inebriated just because he or she has general balance issues or struggles to complete a task that they are not accustomed to doing. This is why the help of the experts at Schill Law Group is often needed after a field sobriety test has been failed.

What Happens if You Refuse to Complete a Field Sobriety Test in Arizona

Knowing that field sobriety tests can be tricky and that officer judgments are subjective might sway you toward refusing to complete field sobriety tests. Here’s where things get a little bit complicated. In the state of Arizona, you have the right to decline when an officer asks you to take a field sobriety test, the tasks of which may include walking a straight line and/or standing on one leg. The real question is whether or not you SHOULD decline.

In many cases, refusing to complete a field sobriety test can and will be viewed as an admission of guilt. For this reason, you may need to be prepared to be placed under arrest for a DUI. Once you have been arrested, you may be required by law to submit to a breathalyzer test. Should you decide not to submit to a field sobriety test, you may want to consider remaining silent and allowing your attorney to speak on your behalf.

Things to Consider Prior to Completing a Field Sobriety Test in Arizona

In the event that you are asked to submit to field sobriety testing, there are a few things that you should keep in mind:

  • If an officer has pulled you over and is requesting that you complete a field sobriety test, he or she is already suspicious and likely already intends to arrest you for a DUI. At this point, the officer is asking for DUI testing to gain more evidence against you.
  • Field sobriety tests can be inaccurate and certain medical conditions, medications, or even the way in which the testing is administered may impact the outcome.
  • Certain medical conditions could cause you to outright fail, even if you have not had anything to drink.
  • Refusal to complete a field sobriety test will likely lead to your arrest in Arizona.

If you have failed an Arizona field sobriety test (whether you were intoxicated or not), you need an experienced DUI attorney on your team. Contact the professionals at Schill Law Group to discuss the details of your case during a free consultation.

What Does Arizona Law Say About Underage DUIs?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an incredible 43.8 percent of Arizona teenagers drink alcohol. As a parent, this news can be quite alarming – especially if your teen is a licensed driver. What happens if your child makes the decision to drink and then get behind the wheel? This type of risky behavior can lead to a number of consequences. Today, we’ll explore what happens when an underage driver is caught under the influence of alcohol.

Arizona Underage DUI Laws

Under regular circumstances, Arizona law tolerates a driver with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.8 or less. This, of course, assumes that the driver is an adult of the legal drinking age of 21 or older. Underage drivers, however, are held to a different standard. Arizona’s “zero tolerance” policy mandates that minors can be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol if their Blood Alcohol Content is at 0.01% or higher. For this reason, the team at Schill Law Group has handled many cases where a teen driver was charged with trace amounts of alcohol in his or her system.

It is important for parents and minors alike to be aware of the law. Even in situations where you might want to allow a minor to consume a very small quantity of wine for religious purposes such as communion or Seder, it’s advisable to reconsider. Not only is it illegal to provide a minor with alcohol, you could be putting your child into harm’s way by allowing him or her to drive after ingesting said alcohol. Any amount of alcohol found in an underage driver’s system could lead to an arrest.

First Offense

In the event that a minor is pulled over and charged with an underage DUI, you may be wondering what happens next. In Arizona, this will depend on both the severity of the driver’s impairment and the number of past offenses. The potential consequences for a first offense include:

  • Up to six months in juvenile detention or jail
  • Extensive court fines and fees up to $2,500
  • Class 1 misdemeanor charge
  • Suspension of driving license for up to two years
  • Mandatory drivers education classes
  • Probation

Second and Multiple Offenses

If an underage driver is charged with a DUI more than once, he or she will face harsher consequences. These second-time offenders create dangerous conditions for themselves, their passengers, and other drivers on the road, and a judge is much less likely to look upon these risky actions with much leniency. Amongst other things, an underage driver may receive jail time, the extended suspension of his or her driver’s license, and larger fines. In cases where a minor has been charged with a DUI multiple times, it’s very important to hire an experienced DUI attorney. We never advise attempting to represent yourself after multiple charges have been received.

Have you or someone you love recently been charged with an underage DUI? It’s important to remember that, while all of these are the potential consequences of receiving an underage DUI, you may find that with the help of a defense attorney, a judge may hand down a less severe punishment. Even so, you should be prepared for the fact that any outcome is possible. For the best result, we urge you to schedule a consultation with Schill Law Group. Give us a call to learn more or get started today.

Keeping Calm at an AZ DUI Checkpoint

Arizona is known for its tough DUI laws, so it’s no surprise that DUI checkpoints pop up throughout the state on a regular basis. As intimidating and frustrating as getting caught up in a checkpoint can be, it’s important to realize that DUI checkpoints are upheld under the federal constitution, so you will need to stay calm and be cordial. Just because you’re being cordial, though, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t know your rights and be prepared to protect yourself. Here are a few suggestions to help you stay calm and to be smart as you navigate an Arizona DUI checkpoint.

Know Before You Go

The best way to avoid the panic of a DUI checkpoint is to do a little research before heading out for the night. Pay attention to the news and social media to learn when and where checkpoints will be set up in your area. Be aware of the fact that checkpoints are more likely during holidays, special events, or on weekends. By preparing in advance, you can avoid roadblocks wherever possible and make better decisions throughout your evening.

Have your Paperwork Handy

If stopped at a DUI checkpoint, an Arizona police officer may ask to see your driver license, registration, or proof of auto insurance. To avoid stress, it’s wise to make sure that your paperwork is always inside your vehicle, stored in a safe place that can be easily accessed upon request.

Know Who and What’s In Your Car

As a licensed driver, you’re responsible for who and what may be found inside your automobile during a traffic stop like a DUI checkpoint. Make sure that there aren’t any open alcohol containers in any part of your vehicle and never allow illegal drugs or paraphernalia inside your car or truck. If certain medications are needed, make sure that the proper prescriptions and documents are in order upon request. Avoid driving with passengers who are under the influence of illegal drugs, as this can raise suspicions with the police.

Avoid Self-Incrimination

When stopped at a DUI checkpoint, it’s smart to avoid supplying any more information than you absolutely have to. In the event that the officer asks a question to which you believe an answer may put you at risk, remember that you have the legal right to remain silent in order to avoid self-incrimination. Plus, you have the right of refusal to perform field sobriety tests unless the officer has a warrant or probable cause. Always remain polite and respectful – even when you choose to decline to follow a request. And, of course, you can ask that an attorney like Schill Law Group be present at any time if you feel that the situation is taking a turn for the worse.

Show Respect

Although a DUI checkpoint may be annoying, it’s wise to remember that these stops aren’t intended to inconvenience you. Instead, checkpoints exist in an effort to discover people who are breaking the law and, ultimately, to keep you and your loved ones safe. With this in mind, remember to be courteous and respectful to the police. Calmly declining to meet a request with your civil rights in mind is much different than being hostile and argumentative, and any signs of aggression could be met with suspicion and further consequences.

There’s no reason why you should let an Arizona DUI checkpoint get the better of you. Taking the time to understand what to expect and to learn how to handle yourself at a checkpoint will empower you to stay safe and calm.

Do you have further questions about what to do when stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Arizona? Have you or a loved one been arrested as the result of a DUI checkpoint? The experts at Schill Law Group are here to help. Give us a call for a case consultation today.

Can I Refuse a Breathalyzer Test in Arizona?

You’ve just pulled out of the parking lot after enjoying a happy hour cocktail with your co-workers when you see the flash of red and white lights in your rear-view mirror. As your heart sinks, you stop your car on the shoulder, watch as the police officer approaches your window, and hear those few simple words:

“Have you had anything to drink tonight?”

What do you do? If you’re like many other Arizona drivers, you may feel a bit unclear about what your legal rights are in this situation. Should you answer the police officer’s questions? What should you do if the officer asks you to consent to a breathalyzer or field sobriety test?

First Things First

Prior to requesting a field sobriety test or breathalyzer, a police officer will likely ask you if you’ve had anything to drink and may ask about the quantity of alcohol that you might have consumed. At this point, the officer is attempting to gather evidence against you. Answering in the affirmative – regardless of how much you’ve had to drink or how long ago you finished your drink – is immediately incriminating. It is important to remember that you have the right to remain silent. At this point, it’s typically best to ask the officer whether or not you are being detained and to let him or her know that you would like to contact an attorney. In fact, what many drivers don’t realize is that you are entitled to an attorney at absolutely any point while conversing with an officer, even before you are arrested or detained.

The Breathalyzer Test

If the officer suspects that you are under the influence of alcohol, he or she may ask you to submit to a breathalyzer test. Refusal to comply with the breathalyzer test will complicate things for you, so it is always best to ask to have an attorney present so that you can be advised of your legal rights accordingly. The Schill Law Group has a great deal of experience in this area and our job is to protect our clients from unintentionally making a bad situation much worse.

Understanding “Implied Consent”

Arizona’s “Implied Consent” law states that if an individual has been pulled over and arrested for a DUI, then he or she is presumed to have offered their consent (implicitly) for chemical testing, such as a breathalyzer test. Those who refuse to comply with this law will automatically have their driver’s license revoked for a minimum of one year. Yes, you do have 15 days to request a hearing on the suspension, but this is absolutely not something you should rely on. Refusal to consent to a breathalyzer or other chemical test after an arrest is made could result in the officer obtaining a search warrant, allowing him or her to require you to provide a blood sample.

Consulting with an Attorney

You can legally request the presence of an attorney at any time after being pulled over for a suspected DUI. You may seek counsel even before submitting to a breathalyzer test and we would recommend that you exercise this right whenever you feel that it is prudent in the given situation. Consulting with an attorney before incriminating yourself can save you from compounding an already difficult situation, not to mention potential legal costs and severe punishment.

Were you pulled over for a DUI in Arizona? Schill Law Group can help. Give us a call to set up a free case evaluation today.

How to find the best dui attorney in Phoenix

best DUI attorney Phoenix

If you have been charged for driving under the influence, it is important that you hire the best dui attorney in Phoenix to help defend your charges. Hiring an experienced and aggresive dui attorney is vital as this increases your chances of getting the dui charges dismissed. It can mean the difference between getting a conviction with harsh penalties and having your charges possibly dismissed.

Some dui charges can be complex especially when there is property damage or injuries to a 3rd party involved. DUI charges can have an immediate impact on your day-to-day life by affecting your driving privileges, employment, and earning you jail time. As such, it is necessary that you immediately find an experienced and professional dui attorney, from a reputable law firm like the Schill Law Group, to help you navigate the complex Arizona legal system and get you favorable results.

Here are some vital tips on how to find the best dui attorney in Phoenix;

1. How experienced is the attorney?

Experience is key when looking for a dui attorney to handle your case. You don’t want a newbie who may easily be defeated by an experienced prosecution. An experienced dui attorney knows the tactics and channels to best represent you. They will study the facts of your case keenly and advise you on the best way to proceed using their experience on such similar past cases.

2. Recommendations

Recommendations and referrals are one sure way of getting a verified dui attorney. A friend, colleague, relative or any other person whose opinion you trust can give you some good information about their overall experience with a certain dui attorney and the outcome of their case. You can also visit trusted online review sites and hear what past clients are saying about an attorney’s performance.

3. Qualifications

For a dui attorney, it is best that you hire an attorney that is experienced in handling dui cases. If you are hiring an attorney who practices as an individual, make sure to confirm that they are licensed, have a good ethical record, are not disbarred, and have a good track record in their past cases. But if you are hiring form a reputable law firm such as the Schill Law Group, you can trust that their attorneys have already undergone serious background checks.

4. What is the attorney’s availability?

For best results, your attorney should commit plenty of time and effort to your case. They should be readily available to discuss the matters of your case whenever need be, one who understands the laws, and one who can easily communicate with you when needed.

5. Do you get a free consultation?

During a consultation, you can best be able to assess the working style and experience of an attorney. Here you will be able to discuss your case and see what options the attorney offers you.

6. Choose The Schill Law Firm

So, if you are looking for all these and more in a DUI attorney Phoenix, here is why the Schill Law Group is the place to turn to;

Experience– The Schill Law Group boasts of over 100 years combined legal experience in DUI cases. They have literally handled all types of dui cases and this gives them a better chance at winning when representing you.

Free consultation– You get a free consultation with one of the Schill Law Group attorneys to assess the facts of your case in depth.
Attorney’s availability- Your assigned attorney will communicate with you whenever needed.
Proven track record- The attorneys at the Schill Law Group have won over 300 jury verdicts!

Reliable representation throughout– Your case will be handled by one attorney all the way through to ensure consistency and convenience.
Don’t let your DUI charges affect your life negatively in a huge way. Hire the best dui attorney Phoenix from the Schill Law Group and get the best representation.