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Arizona Laws for DUI and DWI

(Last Updated On: October 29, 2018)

DWI and DUI in Arizona

If you are found guilty of a DWI or DUI in Arizona, you may face harsh penalties from the courts and the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.

Even though your specific penalties depend on the circumstances surrounding your DUI, you likely face jail time, fines, and mandatory completion of an alcohol addiction treatment program.

An Arizona DUI or DWI defense attorney can help you understand how the law affects your case, but here is a brief overview of Arizona laws regarding DUI and DWI.


DUI Definitions

The Arizona Motor Vehicle Division classifies a standard DUI as driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%. If you are a commercial truck driver, the legal limit drops to 0.04%.

Additionally, you can be charged with a standard DUI if you are under the age of 21 and operate a vehicle with any percentage blood alcohol concentration.

If you drive with a BAC of 0.15% or higher, you can be charged with extreme DUI. In addition, there is what is called an (A)(1) charge of driving which involves being impaired to the slightest degree.

One other type of DUI that most people are unaware of involves driving under the influence of drugs, including prescription drugs.


DUI Penalties

The DUI penalties you face depend on the type of DUI conviction you receive. If you refuse to take a Breathalyzer or blood test, the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department will most likely suspend your driver’s license for 12 months.

If this was your second refusal within 84 months, the MVD may suspend your license for 24 months.

A first offense standard DUI may result in 10 days in jail, fines of $1,250, community service and installation of an ignition interlock in every vehicle you drive.


Arizona Extreme DUI Penalties

For a first offense extreme DUI, you may be sentenced to 30 days in jail and assessed fines of at least $2,500.

You will also be required to complete an alcohol or drug screening treatment and education program and install an ignition interlock device on every vehicle you drive.


Contact our Thrush Law Group Immediately

Bradley Thrush is a longtime Tucsonan who has dedicated his legal career to protecting the rights of others.

In 1997, Mr. Thrush founded Thrush Law Group with the exclusive focus of representing people. If you’ve been accused of an Arizona DUI, contact our office for your Free DUI Consultation.



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