Arizona DUI Laws & Penalties

Like any other criminal charge, a defendant accused of DUI-DWI is innocent until proven guilty. If guilt is found and defendant is convicted, they could be facing serious penalties including fines, loss of driving privileges, and jail time. Arizona DUI laws and penalties change constantly. Penalties also vary depending on a defendant’s age, aggravating circumstances, and previous Arizona DUI convictions.

Below is an overview of penalties DUI-DWI defendants could face in Arizona. This should only be used as a guide.

Legal BAC Limits

21 and Over .08%
Commercial .04%
Under 21 .02%

Look back: 7 Years
Look back is the period of time an offense stays on a driver’s record. If a driver is facing a DUI or impaired driving charge, the state could “look back” into the drivers record this amount of time (varies by state) to determine if they are a repeat offender. This could result in harsher penalties if previously convicted.

Penalties for Refusing To Take State Administered Chemical Test

Below are state minimum penalties if a driver is subject to the implied consent law for failing to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test to determine BAC.

Offense Jail Time License Suspension
1st 24 hours 1 year
2nd 30 days 2 years
3rd No minimum 2 years

Penalties for Criminal Case Convictions

If a driver is convicted of an Arizona DUI, per se or less safe, they could be facing the state minimum penalties listed below. It is important to note that state minimum penalties increase if a driver has previous DUI convictions.

Offense Jail Time Fines License Suspension
1st 24 hours - 10 days Minimum $1,000 90 - 360 days
2nd 30 - 90 days Minimum $2,000 1 year
3rd Minimum 4 months Minimum $4,000 1 year

Don’t let a DUI charge negatively impact your life. Contact today to speak to an Arizona DUI attorney today. Or submit an online evaluation with your case information an a highly knowledgeable attorney near you will contact you.

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