In Arizona, DUI laws are governed by Arizona Revised Statues: Title 28, Chapter 4. A.R.S. 28-1381 states that a DUI charge does not require a chemical test in Arizona, but can be made based on an officer’s suspicion and observation that the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is illegal for a person to drive while under the influence of any intoxicating liquor, drug, a vapor releasing substance containing a toxic substance, or any combination of the three, if the person is impaired to the slightest degree.
It is important to note that an individual can still be arrested in Arizona if their BAC level registers below the legal limit of 0.08, if the officer deems them too impaired to drive.
DUI Penalties in AZ
Generally, a DUI conviction will result in a class 1 misdemeanor charge for the offender, with other penalties possibly including mandatory jail time, fines, alcohol treatment, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, license suspension, and community service. DUI penalties in Arizona depend upon the registered blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of the driver. Depending on the driver’s BAC, they can be charged with a regular DUI, an aggravated DUI, an extreme DUI, or a super extreme DUI. To see a full list of BAC levels and their related penalties, please click here.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tucson, or another AZ city, the criminal lawyers at JacksonWhite will work to minimize your penalties. Call us today at (480) 467-4370 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with experienced JacksonWhite DUI defense attorney, Jeremy Geigle.