If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI in Arizona, you likely have a lot of questions and concerns about what you may be facing and the steps you will need to take to protect your rights. Depending on the severity of the offense, a conviction may lead to prison, jail time, probation, fines and loss of driving privileges.
The first thing to know is what type of DUI you are facing. In Arizona you can be charged with:
A person can be arrested for DUI for driving with either drugs or alcohol in their system. For misdemeanor alcohol related DUI s, a person's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) will determine the level of DUI that they are charged with. Below we will explore the penalties for the most common types of DUI offenses in Arizona.
In Arizona, a "regular DUI" occurs if someone is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol to the slightest degree or if they have a BAC at or above .08 but below .15. The penalties for a regular DUI include:
A person can be charged with a drug DUI in Arizona if they are driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while they have any drug or its metabolite in their system. A person can also be charged with a drug DUI if they are impaired to the slightest degree by any drug or its metabolite. This includes prescription drugs. The penalties for a drug DUI include:
A person will be charged with an extreme DUI in Arizona if they are driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle with a BAC at or above .15 but below .20. The penalties for an extreme DUI include:
Super extreme DUI charges are filed if a person is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle with a BAC at or above .20. The penalties for a super extreme DUI include:
We understand that a DUI arrest is very stressful, and the potential consequences of a DUI arrest only add to that stress. The important
thing to know is that a DUI arrest does not have to lead to a conviction. Having an experienced and aggressive DUI attorney can lead to a favorable outcome, including reduced or even dismissed charges. A competent DUI defense lawyer may also be able to negotiate alternatives to extended periods of jail time, like home detention or work release.