Northern Arizona DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney
Steven Scharboneau is a Northern Arizona DUI attorney and Criminal Defense Attorney. Steven graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona earning a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in law and public policy.
Knowing that he always wanted to be a lawyer practicing as a criminal defense attorney, he then earned his Juris Doctorate degree from ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Steven is a Northern Arizona trial attorney who primarily practices in the area of criminal defense and is extremely passionate about protecting the rights of others. Protecting individuals from the government’s intrusion of their constitutional rights is the reason he became a Northern Arizona criminal defense attorney. His passion and deep knowledge of the criminal justice system make him an extremely effective advocate for his clients and makes him your choice for your Northern Arizona DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney.
Dealing with DUI charges in Northern Arizona
DUI laws in Arizona can be complicated and there are many nuances to defending a Northern Arizona DUI case. Every part of any Northern Arizona DUI case must be looked at critically. This is true from the time that you are pulled over by police, to the time you field tested on the roadside, to the blood or breath testing, to the time of release. Each of these phases of a Northern Arizona DUI investigation hold an abundance of room for error, and law enforcement officers often do not perform Northern Arizona DUI investigations like they are trained to—or even as they are required to by law.
Some of the different types of Northern Arizona DUIs are:
- Driving while impaired to the slightest degree (commonly referred to as a regular DUI)
- Driving with drugs or a metabolite of drugs in your blood stream (commonly referred to as a drug DUI)
- Driving with a BAC at above a .08 (commonly referred to as a regular DUI)
- Driving with a BAC at or above a .15 (commonly referred to as an extreme DUI)
- Driving with a BAC at or above a .20 (commonly referred to as a super extreme DUI)
- Felony DUI or Aggravated DUI
Each of these categories of DUIs have different mandatory minimum penalties, including jail time, fines and fees, interlock requirements, drug or alcohol screening and treatment, as well as other consequences. That said, no one is guaranteed the minimum penalties and they may be aggravated by circumstances such as if a collision was involved or if you have prior DUI convictions.
Having a Northern Arizona DUI attorney and criminal defense attorney that has the training and experience to thoroughly investigate the investigation done by law enforcement is critical in fighting for the best outcome for you and your case.
Northern Arizona criminal defense attorney Steven Scharboneau is experienced in handling these cases and can represent you. If you have more questions about specific details regarding the process of a DUI case, please call or text Northern Arizona attorney Steven Scharboneau at (480) 363-0090 anytime.
Dealing With Misdemeanor Charges In Northern Arizona
Misdemeanor charges in Northern Arizona, like other misdemeanor charges in Arizona, are more serious than a petty offense but less serious than felony charges. Some examples of Northern Arizona misdemeanors are Northern Arizona domestic violence charges, assault, criminal damage, disorderly conduct in Northern Arizona, theft, and Northern Arizona DUI charges as discussed above.
The maximum penalties for Northern Arizona misdemeanor charges are as follows:
Class 1 Misdemeanor
- 6 months jail, ARS 13-707(1).
- $2500 (plus an 83% surcharge), ARS 13-802(A).
- 3 years of probation, ARS 13-902(5).
Class 2 Misdemeanor
- 4 months jail, ARS 13-707(2).
- $750 (plus an 83% surcharge), ARS 13-802(B).
- 2 years of probation, ARS 13-902(6).
Class 3 Misdemeanor
- 1 month jail, ARS 13-707(3).
- $500 (plus 83% surcharge), ARS 13-802(C).
- 1 year of probation, ARS 13-902(7).
However, having a Northern Arizona DUI attorney and criminal defense attorney like Steven Scharboneau working your case can help move your case toward decreased penalties, decreased charges and sometimes even dismissal of charges. If you have more questions about misdemeanor charges in Northern Arizona, call or text Steven Scharboneau 24/7 and he will answer your questions free of charge–(480) 363-0090. Or, you can submit an online inquiry by clicking here.
Dealing With Felony Charges In Northern Arizona
Dealing with a Northern Arizona felony can have serious consequences and can be incredibly stressful and scary for those being charged and their families. Northern Arizona felony charges vary in severity and a labeled from class 1 to class 6, a class 1 felony being the most serious. Some examples of Northern Arizona felony charges are aggravated assault, aggravated DUI, armed robbery, arson, burglary, Northern Arizona disorderly conduct, forgery, prohibited possessor or misconduct involving weapons charges in Northern Arizona, drug possession and sales among other charges.
Class 1 Felony
Class 1 felonies are the most severe type of criminal offense in the state. There are only 2 crimes that are class 1 felonies, and both are homicides: First-degree murder and second-degree murder. Convictions for first-degree murder are punishable with fines and either a life jail sentence or the death penalty. Convictions for second-degree murder carry jail sentences.
Class 2 Felony
Some examples of class 2 felonies are arson, manslaughter, drive by shooting and sexual assault. Class 2 felonies in Arizona carry a sentence of 3 to 12.5 years in prison for a first offense. For most first time offenses, probation is available unless a dangerous designation is sought by the prosecution–which can be relatively common for this level of offense.
Class 3 Felony
Some examples of class 3 felonies are theft, aggravated assault, stalking, and fraud. Class 3 felonies in Arizona carry a sentence of 2 to 8.75 years in prison for a first offense. For most first time offenses, probation is available unless a dangerous designation is sought by the prosecution.
Class 4 Felony
Some examples of class 4 felonies are aggravated DUI, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, and misconduct involving a weapon (prohibited possessor). Class 4 felonies in Arizona carry a sentence of 1 to 3.75 years in prison for a first offense. For most first time offenses, probation is available unless a dangerous designation is sought by the prosecution.
Class 5 Felony
Some examples of class 5 felonies are animal abuse, rioting, criminal damage, and aggravated assault. Class 5 felonies in Arizona carry a sentence of .5 to 2.5 years in prison for a first offense. For most first time offenses, probation is available unless a dangerous designation is sought by the prosecution.
Class 6 Felony
Some examples of class 6 felonies are aggravated DUI, possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and shoplifting. Class 6 felonies in Arizona carry a sentence of .33 to 2 years in prison for a first offense. For most first time offenses, probation is available unless a dangerous designation is sought by the prosecution.
Class 6 Undesignated Felony
In Arizona, there are two types of class 6 felonies, a class 6 “designated” felony and a class 6 “undesignated” felony. A class 6 designated felony the type of felony discussed above, there is nothing special about it. However, a class 6 undesignated felony is a felony that, upon completion of probation and any other terms of sentencing, can be turned into a misdemeanor conviction.
There are many nuances to the way an Arizona class 6 undesignated felony works. For example, sometimes the terms of how the misdemeanor is earned can be negotiated by an Arizona criminal defense attorney. Recent legislation was passed at the Arizona legislature that Attorney Steven Scharboneau was directly involved in passing that requires for most purposes, a class 6 undesignated felony be treated as a misdemeanor for some purposes. This legislation was drafted and passed as to avoid creating hardship is securing housing or employment for folks with a class 6 undesignated felony conviction.
Contact Northern Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney Steven Scharboneau Now
Having a criminal defense attorney who is experienced with representing clients against Northern Arizona criminal charges, such as criminal defense attorney Steven Scharboneau, can be extremely helpful. If you are facing felony charges arising out of the Northern Arizona area, contact Steven 24/7 to set up a time for him to answer your questions free of charge. Please call or text (480) 363-0090.