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Multiple DUI Offenders in Arizona

In Arizona, it’s against the law for anyone to drive under the influence of alcohol or any type of drug, and it’s also unlawful for people to be in “actual physical control” of any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you are stopped on suspicion of DUI and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 percent, you will lose your driving privilege right then and there. However, it is not necessary to have a BAC of 0.08 percent to be arrested for DUI in Arizona.

It is possible to be found guilty of DUI even if your BAC was below the 0.08 percent legal limit. And if you’re under the age of 21, your driver license can be suspended if you have any detectable alcohol in your bloodstream.

DUI Penalties in Arizona

In Arizona, there are two categories of DUI. First, there’s a standard DUI for people whose BAC registers below 0.15. Second, there’s “extreme DUI,” which is for people whose BAC is 0.15 or above. The penalties for an extreme DUI are higher than they are for a standard DUI involving a BAC below 0.15 percent.

A standard first DUI is punishable by a minimum of 10 days in jail, and by a fine not to exceed $1,250. It also involves alcohol screening/education/treatment, an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) and community service.

A first extreme DUI (BAC of 0.15 or above) is punishable by a minimum of 30 days in jail, by a minimum fine of $2,500, alcohol screening/education/treatment, community service, and the installation of an IID.

While the penalties for a first standard and extreme DUI are listed above, the penalties increase for a second offense, whether it’s a standard or an extreme DUI.

Multiple/Repeat DUI Offenders

“Not many repeat offenders are deterred by broad impaired driving laws. Four alternative sanctioning approaches have proven especially effective at reducing repeat offenses,” according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The four alternative sanctioning approaches include:

  1. Automobile Impoundment
  2. Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Installation
  3. House Arrest (Electronically Monitored)
  4. Intensive Probation Supervision with Treatment

If you’re a repeat offender, the court may decide to use one of the alternative sanctioning approaches listed above. To learn more about defending a repeat DUI in Phoenix and the alternative sanctioning approaches, contact the Law Offices of Joshua S. Davidson, PLC.

Next: What Are the Penalties for a Second DUI in Arizona?