Sedona, AZ asked in DUI / DWI for Arizona

Q: Can I plead not guilty to drunk driving if I truly did not think I was drunk at the time of the incident?

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Zachary Divelbiss
Zachary Divelbiss
  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: In short, you should plead not guilty because the burden of proof is on the State to provide that you were intoxicated at the time you were driving. Keep in mind that in order to be convicted of a DUI all that matters is if you were under the influence of alcohol -- not that you believed you were drunk. Arizona is a zero tolerance state, which means that any amount of alcohol in your system is enough to convict you of a DUI. The smart choice is always to plead not guilty and then hire a lawyer to help you with your case. If you would like to speak more specifically about your case, feel free to contact us at or 480-935-6545

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