According to news reports, officials from the Pima county sheriff's
department have been meeting with judges and prosecutors in Tucson in
hopes of convincing them to have
defendants charged for the costs of their jail time. Although DUI law
in Arizona has permitted judges to require reimbursement for jail cost
from persons convicted of DUI, Tucson courts have apparently been reluctant
to do that.
For many years in Phoenix, Scottsdale and throughout Maricopa County; however,
individuals charged with DUI have routinely been hit up for jail costs
for several years now. Drivers facing DUI charges in Phoenix, Arizona
might get lucky and have a
DUI defense attorney
who is able to convince the court to reduce the cost of their jail time.
Don't expect any such breaks in Scottsdale though. Even though an
extreme DUI in Scottsdale
will require the payment of several thousand dollars worth of mandatory
fines and assessments, Scottsdale Municipal Court judges will regularly
impose an additional two to three thousand dollars worth of jails costs
as well, depending on the amount of time the defendant is ordered to serve.