DUI in Arizona can be prosecuted based on whether your ability to drive is impaired, even slightly, or by violating the “per se” law by having a blood alcohol level of 0.08 per cent or greater within two hours of driving. Penalties increase according to your blood alcohol level and whether you have a child in the car.
Drinking under the influence (DUI) offenses in the state of Arizona can include the following:
A DUI or DWI conviction in Arizona will get you different punishments and penalties, depending on the type of DUI you’re convicted of and your criminal record.
If you are convicted of First-Time DUI with BAC above .08 per cent but below .15 per cent, you will receive 10 days in jail, a fine of up to $950, 90 days suspension of your license and up to five years probation. A first-offense extreme DUI will earn you 30 days jail time, up to $1,500 in fines, 90 days suspension of your license, and an Ignition Interlock Device. Felony DUIs will get four months minimum prison time and up to $151,750 in fines if your had no prior felony convictions.
The table below outlines the most common penalties and fines for a DUI in Arizona. Keep in mind there are other penalties, like DUI school, that also may be associated and costly. It is imperative that anyone facing a DUI charge in Arizona consult with an attorney.
|Court Fines||Potential Jail Time||License Suspension|
|1st Conviction||$950||10 Days
||90 Days to 1 Year
|2nd Conviction||$2,150||Up to 90 Days
|3rd Conviction||$2,850||Up to 4 Months
If you are arrested in Arizona for DUI, you have 15 days from the date of your arrest to request a hearing with the DMV.
If your blood alcohol level is greater than 0.15 per cent within two hours of driving, you will be charged with an ‘extreme’ DUI, or DWI. Minors (under 21) can be charged with DUI if they are caught with any measurable alcohol in their body.
Arizona DUI/DWI cases will usually be treated as misdemeanors, but may be treated as felonies when the accused has two or more DUI/DWI convictions within 5 years of the current offense, no matter what state they were convicted in. If you commit DUI/DWI while your driving privilege is suspended or revoked, or if a child under the age of 15 was in the car at the time of the offense, your case may also be treated as a felony.
If you are accused of DUI/DWI in Arizona, you have a right to trial by a jury of six people. If you waive that right, a judge will try your case.
Driving in Arizona implies that you have consented to have your blood alcohol tested. If you refuse testing, your license will be suspended for a year if a first offense, two years if a second, in addition to any suspensions or revocations assigned by the court.
Breath tests must be administered using equipment approved by the Department of Health Service. Blood tests must be administered by a nurse, doctor, or other qualified individual who is not the arresting officer. In addition, drivers accused of a DUI offense have the right to request a second, independent, chemical test at their own expense.
A DUI charge is a serious offense which can cost you a lot of time, money and headaches if not handled properly. It's important to contact an Arizona DUI Attorney immediately once charged.