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Repeat DUI Offenders in Arizona

Like other states, it’s against the law in Arizona to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or above if you are 21 or older. For commercial drivers, the limit is .04% and for drivers under 21, the threshold is set at 0.00%. If you are pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), you will be asked to take a chemical test. If you refuse to take this test, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended for a first refusal.

In Arizona, the penalties for DUI increase with each offense. If you’re facing DUI charges, here’s what to expect:

First DUI Offense

  • 24 hours to 10 days in jail
  • A base fine of $250
  • 90 to 360-day license suspension
  • Ignition Interlock Device

Second DUI Offense

  • 30 to 90 days in jail
  • A base fine of $500
  • One year license suspension
  • Ignition Interlock Device

Third DUI Offense

  • Minimum of four months in jail
  • A base fine of $750
  • One year license suspension
  • Ignition Interlock Device

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, “Not many repeat [DUI] offenders are deterred by broad impaired driving laws. Four alternative sanctioning approaches have proven especially effective at reducing repeat offenses,” including:

  • Impoundment of the offender’s vehicle.
  • Ignition Interlock Device (IID) requirement.
  • Having the offender go on electronically monitored house arrest.
  • Having the offender go on intensive probation supervision. Meanwhile, the offender receives treatment, which addresses the repeat offender’s driving habits. This also includes intensive monitoring and counseling.

Are you facing DUI charges for a second, third or subsequent offense in Phoenix or anywhere else in Maricopa County? If so, you are certainly facing incarceration and at least a one-year driver’s license suspension among other penalties. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Davidson has the experience, resources and skills necessary to defend your DUI case.

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