DUI / DWI

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In Arizona, driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance is no laughing matter. In fact, a charge of DUI or DWI in Arizona carries some of the strictest penalties in the nation. Not only will you face a loss of driving privileges and substantial monetary fines, but your freedom is at risk. This is because even first-time DUI offenders are subject to a mandatory period of incarceration.

For this reason, it is important that any person charged with DUI under Arizona law consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding their case. In some cases, factual circumstances surrounding the arrest may result in a dismissal or reduction of charges. In other cases, an experienced attorney may negotiate a better deal than previous offered by the prosecution. Finally, some DUI charges must be taken to trial in order to obtain the desired outcome.

What does my BAC mean?

In Arizona, your BAC determines your specific DUI charge. It is not surprising that it also impacts the severity of the penalties you face.

  • Regular DUI: This term describes a DUI charge resulting from a BAC of 0.08% to 0.149%
  • Extreme DUI: This term describes DUI resulting from a BAC of 0.150% to 0.199%
  • Super Extreme DUI: This term describes DUI resulting from a BAC of 0.20% or greater

AZ Criminal Defense Group can connect you with a DUI lawyer

At AZ Criminal Defense Group, we connect residents of Phoenix and the surrounding cities with participating criminal defense attorneys ready to defend against charges of DUI and DWI. Our Phoenix DUI lawyers offer free consultations for all new clients. This means you can discuss the facts of your case without any financial obligation. Submit your free case review to connect with a local DUI attorney.

Penalties associated with DUI charges in Phoenix

If you are convicted of DUI in Phoenix, the penalties you face are determined by a number of factors, most importantly your BAC and previous DUI history. Below you will find estimated penalties for DUI, broken down by BAC and previous history.

Regular DUI – 0.08% to 0.149% BAC

First Offense

If you have been charged with a regular DUI for the first time, you may face the following penalties:

  • 10 days in jail. Your attorney will inform you if eligible to suspend up to 9 days, amounting to a sentence of only 1 day served.
  • Suspension of your license for a period of 90 days. This period may be longer if you refused to take the breathalyzer test.
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle and all associated fees.
  • Monetary fines exceeding $1500.00.
  • Mandatory substance abuse education and attendance of MADD victim impact panel.

Second Offense

If you are charged with a regular DUI having already been convicted of DUI within the last 7 years, you may face the following penalties:

  • A period of incarceration of 90 days. A portion of this sentence may be suspended in many cases, resulting in significant less jail time.
  • Revocation of your driving privileges for a period of 1 year.
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle and all associated fees.
  • Monetary fines and assessments totaling approximately $3500.00. This does not includes jail and IID fees.
  • Mandatory substance abuse screening and attendance at a MADD victim impact panel.

Extreme DUI – 0.150% to 0.199% BAC

First Offense

If your first DUI charge results from a BAC between 0.08% and 0.149%, you may face the following penalties:

  • A period of incarceration of 30 days. In some cases, 21 days may be suspended resulting in 7 days served.
  • Suspension of driving privileges for a period of 90 days.
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device and all associated fees for a period of 12 months.
  • Monetary fines and assessments totaling over $2700.00. This does not include fees associated with IID, substance abuse education or jail.
  • Mandatory substance abuse education and participation in a MADD victim impact panel.

Second Offense

If you are charged with extreme DUI while having been convicted of DUI within the last 7 years, you may face the following charges:

  • A period of incarceration of 120 days. An attorney can advise you to whether a portion of this sentence can be suspended.
  • Revocation of your license for a period of 1 year.
  • Installation of an ignition interlock on your vehicle for a period of 1 year.
  • Monetary fines and assessments totaling over $3700.00. This does not include fees associated with IID and jail time.
  • Mandatory substance abuse treatment and participation of a MADD victim impact panel.

Super Extreme DUI – 0.20%+

First Offense

If your first DUI offense is classified as a super extreme DUI, you may face the following penalties:

  • A period of incarceration of 45 days. In some cases, 31 days may be suspended which reduces the time actually served.
  • Suspension of your driving privileges for a period of 90 days.
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for a period of 18 months and all associated fees.
  • Monetary fines totaling more that $3200.00. This does not include fees associated with substance abuse education, IID, or jail.
  • Mandatory substance abuse education and participation in a MADD victim impact panel.

Second Offense

If you are charged with a super extreme DUI and have been convicted of DUI previously within the last 7 years, you may face the following penalties:

  • A period of incarceration totaling 180 days.
  • Revocation of driving privileges for a period of 1 year.
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for a period of 2 years. Additional fees are required for the installation and maintenance of this device.
  • Monetary fines and assessments totally more than $3700.00. This does not include costs associated with jail, IID, and alcohol education classes.
  • Mandatory substance abuse education and participation in a MADD victim impact panel.