Scottsdale DUI Court, Arrest, Police and Attorney Information
Scottsdale is one of the nation's toughest jurisdictions to get a DUI in. Since Scottsdale takes primarily blood tests, it takes a very creative and diligent defense to "sweeten your deal."
SO YOU'VE BEEN ARRESTED FOR DUI IN SCOTTSDALE: You probably already have your court date, unless you are being charged with a felony. Assuming you were arrested by the Scottsdale Police Department, you likely gave a blood test, either at the hospital or police station.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET THE BLOOD BACK? Typically, it will take 10 days or less for the Scottsdale crime lab to turn your blood test around. In most cases, the result is available by the time of your arraignment, or shortly thereafter.
DO I HAVE TO GO TO MY ARRAIGNMENT IN SCOTTSDALE MUNICIPAL COURT? If you have already hired a private attorney, you will not need to go to your first court date, the arraignment, in Scottsdale. In fact, in most DUI cases in Scottsdale Municipal Court, as long as you have an attorney, you will not need to show up for court until either a) your attorney has a deal negotiated for you or b) your case is litigated.
HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL DUI CASE TAKE IN SCOTTSDALE? It depends on whether there is an negotiated disposition (a plea bargain) or a trial. A favorable plea bargain may be reached in as little as one month, or it may take up to several months to secure. If your case proceeds to trial, typically the trial will be completed within six months of your arraignment.
CAN I DO A TELEPHONIC CHANGE OF PLEA IN SCOTTSDALE? If you live out of State (or over 100 miles from the Court) you can appear by telephone. Your DUI attorney can help you arrange this, and advise you whether it is a wise decision to do so.