DUI in Arizona but California resident

Question: I am a resident of Los Angeles, CA, and have a DUI in Arizona. I previously have a DUI in Los Angeles, CA about two years ago. will this count in the state of Arizona, as a 2nd DUI or a 1st DUI? what will happen if when I return to Los Angeles and not return back to Phoenix, Arizona to deal with this?
Answer: This DUI will be treated as a second DUI (unless the prior slips thru the cracks somehow). If you miss your court date, Judge will likely issue a bench warrant for your arrest, which will follow you around. You should contact a DUI attorney in Phoenix, AZ to discuss the case in more detail. A privately retained attorney may be able to appear in court on your behalf (without you present in court). Ignoring something like this usually leads to more headaches (and trouble).
Phil Hache
DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney