Labor Day Weekend DUIs Continue Upward Trajectory, Say DUI Defense Attorneys at the Law Office of Corso & Rhude

Peoria, AZ, August 31, 2011 --( As Arizonans prepare for the Labor Day Weekend this year, the risk of an Arizona DUI charge increases, say the DUI defense attorneys at the Law Office of Corso & Rhude.

Labor Day DUI checkpoints continue to increase the number of Arizona residents cited for Arizona DUI charges. That upward trend has been consistent for the last several years, including 2010, when the number of citations reached 1,407 – up from 1,318 in 2009.

Driving under the influence of a controlled or illegal substance is a costly mistake in Arizona, especially for those cited with a felony DUI.

“Being charged with a DUI in Arizona is a serious matter,” said Christopher Corso of the Law Office of Corso & Rhude. “Those who are cited face mandatory jail time, even for a first offense. Arizona extreme DUIs come with even harsher penalties.”

Corso and his law partner John Rhude know from experience the problems that can arise from long holiday weekends. Both attorneys previously prosecuted DUIs, DWIs and OUIs for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Combined, Corso and Rhude have handled more than 15,000 DUI cases as prosecutors and defense attorneys. They know first-hand the seriousness of a DUI citation.

“DUIs are a serious mistake that no one can afford to make,” Rhude said. “Anyone facing an Arizona DUI charge needs the experience of an aggressive DUI defense lawyer fighting on their side.”

Experience matters in defending Arizona DUI cases. Arizona law requires that any person found guilty of drinking and driving (even a first offense) serve jail time. And DUI convictions can also include extensive fines up to $2,500, suspension of driving privileges and the installation of an ignition interlock device – even for first offenders.

Afterward, repercussions may continue to follow DUI offenders.

“A DUI conviction can follow you indefinitely,” Rhude said. “In the short-term, losing your license can cost you your job, and in the long-term it can continue to do so when a potential employer conducts a background check.”

The DUI defense attorneys at the Law Office of Corso & Rhude put their experience as former prosecutors to work for you, fighting for your rights and leveling the playing field for defendants.

“Whether it’s an Arizona felony DUI, an extreme DUI or your first Arizona DUI, our attorneys offer the experienced counsel that you will need,” Corso said. “We’re here to help.”

In addition to DUI defense, the Law Office of Corso & Rhude handles all criminal defense cases, including domestic violence defense, possession of drugs, felony drug charges, photo radar, criminal speeding, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.

The experienced DUI defense lawyers at Corso & Rhude serve clients throughout Arizona, including the cities of Ahwatukee, Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, El Mirage, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson and Youngtown.

To schedule a free consultation, please visit or call (602) 254-3188. The Law Office of Corso & Rhude, PLLC is located at 9210 W. Union Hills Drive, Suite 102, Peoria, Arizona, 85382.

Law Office of Corso & Rhude, PLLC
Al Stevens
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