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Phoenix DUI Laws & Penalties

Driving under the influence of an illegal substance in the state of Arizona is met with extreme consequences that range from stiff fines to a felony charge and prolonged incarceration. Depending on the logistics of a particular DUI case, incarceration may be as brief as 24 hours or years and license suspension may range from 90 days to a permanent loss. Arizona Statutes, Titles 28-1381, 28-1382 and 28-1383 acknowledge the following Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) as representing Driving Under the Influence of an illegal substance that impairs the driving ability and judgment of a motor vehicle operator.

 

Arizona Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Ratios:

  • Under 21 years of age: 0.00% (Zero Tolerance)
  • 21 years of age or older: 0.08%
  • Commercial Vehicle Operator: 0.04%
  • Extreme DUI: 0.15% or higher

 

DUI Offenses

Penalties for a 2nd or 3rd DUI offense will be met with greater and greater consequences in fines, jail time and license suspension, but perhaps the greatest detriment is the impact that DUI charges have on your driving and criminal record.

  • 1st Offense carries a minimum of 24 hours in jail and up to 10 days incarcerated, a $250 base fine and a 90 to 360 day license suspension.
  • 2nd Offense carries a minimum of 30 days in jail and up to 90 days incarcerated, a $500 base fine and at least one year of license suspension.
  • 3rd Offense carries a minimum of 4 months in jail, a $750 base fine and at least one year of license suspension with the possibility of permanent suspension.

 

Phoenix DUI Defense Lawyer Representation

Having been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, perhaps the most important decision you can make is choosing a skilled DUI defense attorney that is well versed in Arizona-specific DUI laws. By aligning yourself with a DUI defense attorney from Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC, you are empowering yourself with knowledge and experience that will increase your ability to reduce penalties, have charges reduced or in some cases even dismissed. Our attorneys have a proven track record of success for defending their DUI clients and we will support you in creating an effective legal strategy. At Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC, we know how to maneuver the legal system and will do our best to ensure a favorable outcome to your case that may include a possible plea bargain for lesser charges or in some cases a full dismissal.

 

Understanding the Process

The DUI court process can be convoluted and daunting and having a skilled attorney who understands the ins and outs of Arizona DUI law is essential to obtaining a successful outcome. Our attorneys will assist you with the process of securing the lowest possible penalties for your DUI charges and will advise you on a successful DMV hearing to protect your license from suspension. By aligning yourself with a DUI defense attorney who understands the many logistics of such cases you can protect your reputation, your driving and criminal record and your overall peace of mind.

 

Contact a Skilled Arizona DUI Defense Lawyer Today

With a wealth of expertise, a commitment to integrity and a passion for defense, the Attorneys at Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC – Arizona DUI Defense Lawyers – are here to support you with your case. We believe every defendant has the right to a solid defense. Call us today for a free initial consultation at 877-887-4541.

 

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