Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney
Steven Scharboneau is a DUI attorney and Criminal Defense attorney defending folks from Tucson criminal charges. Steven is no stranger to the Tucson area, as he 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 Tucson defense attorney who 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 an attorney for the Tucson area. 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 Tucson DUI attorney and criminal defense attorney.
Dealing With DUI Charges In Tucson
DUI laws in Tucson can be complicated and there are many nuances to defending a Tucson DUI charges. Tucson DUI cases must be critically examined, 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. Tucson DUI cases can often have issues such as law enforcement blood draws that happen in unclean environments, such as Tucson Police Department doing roadside DUI blood draws.
Each of these phases of a Tucson DUI investigation hold an abundance of room for error, and law enforcement officers often do not preform Tucson DUI investigations like they are trained to—or even as they are required to by law. Having a Tucson DUI 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.
Attorney Steven Scharboneau is experienced in handling these cases in Tucson and can offer you passionate representation with your Tucson DUI charges. If you have more questions about specific details regarding the process of a Tucson DUI case, please call or text attorney Steven Scharboneau at (480) 363-0090 anytime.
Dealing With Misdemeanor Charges In Tucson
Misdemeanor offenses are criminal offenses in Tucson and they do stay on your criminal record. Misdemeanors in Tucson vary by class, classes 1 -3, a class 1 Tucson misdemeanor being the most serious of the 3. With a good Tucson criminal defense attorney, it is possible to have penalties lessened or even have charges dismissed in some cases Steven Scharboneau is ready to fight for you if you have been charged with a Tucson misdemeanor offense.
The maximum penalties for Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson, 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 Tucson
Dealing with a Tucson felony can have serious consequences and is usually stressful and scary for those being charged and their families. Tucson felony charges vary in severity and a labeled from class 1 to class 6, a class 1 felony being the most serious.
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 Tucson Criminal Defense Attorney Steven Scharboneau For A Free Consultation
Having a criminal defense attorney who is experienced with representing clients against Tucson criminal charges, such as criminal defense attorney Steven Scharboneau, can be extremely helpful. If you are facing felony charges arising out of the Tucson 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.