Arizona has some of the toughest and most complicated DUI laws in the country. If you are arrested and charged with DUI in the Phoenix area or anywhere in the state, immediately put your case in the hands of an experienced Phoenix DUI lawyer. If you drive after drinking with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level at 0.08 percent or higher, you can be charged with DUI. You can also be charged with DUI if:
- A police officer believes that you are too impaired to drive, regardless of your BAC level
- You drive with a commercial license and your BAC level is 0.04 percent or higher
- You are under 21 and you have any measurable BAC level
A first conviction for DUI in Arizona is punishable by ten days in jail and a fine of not less than $1,250. You will also be required to perform community service, to undergo alcohol screening, education, and/or treatment, and to equip your vehicle with an ignition interlock device (IID). A second or subsequent DUI conviction is punishable by ninety days in jail and a fine of not less than $3,000. Your license will be revoked for a year, community service and an IID will be required, and you will be ordered to undergo alcohol screening, education, and/or treatment.
That’s only the beginning. If you are arrested and your BAC level is 0.15 percent or higher, you will be charged with “extreme DUI” and face harsher penalties than you would face for a “simple” DUI charge. “Aggravated DUI” is the charge if you are arrested for DUI while your driver’s license is suspended, revoked, or canceled; if you are charged with DUI a third time within a seven-year period; if you drive under the influence with a child under 15 years old as your passenger; or if you are arrested for DUI while required to use an IID.
Expect no mercy from the courts if you are convicted of DUI in Arizona. If you are arrested for DUI, fight the charge. Arizona’s DUI penalties are harsh, but good DUI lawyers are frequently able to prevail on behalf of their clients in this state. If you are charged with DUI, obtain the legal advice and defense representation that you will very much need, and contact an experienced Phoenix DUI lawyer as quickly as possible.