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Understanding Arizona DUI Laws

April 28, 2015

To most people, a DUI arrest seems like something that happens to someone else. However, anyone can misjudge their drinking, get behind the wheel, and end up behind bars. All Arizona drivers should understand the DUI laws in the state and do their best to comply with them. If you find yourself in handcuffs, it’s important to hire a skilled Arizona criminal defense attorney.

Driving Under the Influence

In Arizona, as in all other states, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than .08%. In fact, it is illegal for a driver to have a BAC of more than .08% within two hours of driving. Commercial drivers may be charged with DUI if their BAC is above .04%.

Minors and DUI

It is illegal for a minor to drive after drinking any amount. For minors, any BAC over 0% will likely result in a DUI citation. That said, exemptions exist for religious ceremonies and medical treatments.

Aggravated DUI

Individuals caught driving with a BAC of .15% or more face harsher penalties than those caught with a BAC of .08% or more. An individual may be charged with aggravated DUI if he is caught driving impaired with a suspended license, or if he has had two DUI convictions within 7 years.

Consequences of Conviction

The penalties for DUI depend on a number of factors, and may include jail time, license suspension, and fines. The minimum punishment for a first offense is 24 hours in jail, a fine of at least $250, and at least a 90-day license suspension. A third offense may be punishable by at least four months in jail.

When accused of a crime, it’s always a good idea to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney—even if you feel there’s little chance of acquittal. Arizona criminal defense attorney Janet Altschuler will help the court understand the complexity of your case and push for a reduced sentence at the very least.


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