It isn’t just former and current professional baseball players that are making the headlines for DUI related incidents these days. Former Phoenix Coyote goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is in the news again after dropping his appeal and agreeing to court ordered penalties for his 2010 Arizona DUI arrest.
Arizona has some of the most severe penalties for a DUI conviction of any state in the country. A first time offenders in Arizona can expect to face fines of up to $2500, a three month suspension of driving privileges and a mandatory stint in prison. Drivers convicted of DUI in Arizona may also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles as part of their punishment.
Khabibulin won’t quite suffer to the fullest extent of Arizona DUI law but he didn’t quite get off easy. The professional hockey star will be required to pay a fine of $1500, complete an alcohol education program and face a thirty day prison sentence for his DUI offense.
Arizona law enforcement officials and prosecutors take the crime of DUI very seriously, regardless who the accused happens to be. If you are facing Dui charges in the state of Arizona it is imperative that you reach out to an experienced Arizona DUI attorney as soon as possible following your arrest. Having a well know, experienced attorney on your side can help ensure that your rights will be upheld throughout the trial and that you’ll receive the most favorable verdict possible from your case.