ARIZONA HAS SOME OF THE HARSHEST PENALTIES IN THE U.S.
As Mesa criminal defense lawyers in Arizona we are extremely aware that our state is incredibly harsh when doling out punishment. There are crimes which most states consider misdemeanors yet, in Arizona, the exact same conduct carries a mandatory prison term of 10 years per count. This attitude permeates the Arizona sentencing statutes.
Crimes exist in varying degrees or levels. Big crimes are called felonies. Small crimes are called misdemeanors. Most felonies do not require any lock-up time. Ironically, however, there are Arizona misdemeanors that mandate significant jail time, and when this happens you really need the help of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer on your side.
A 2nd Offense DUI violation can mandate as much as 180 days in jail. Knowing the mandatory sentencing requirements, and how to plea bargain around them, is essential for individualized justice to occur.