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What are the penalties for a conviction on DUI charges?

When police pull someone over in Arizona on suspicion of drunk driving and a breath test or blood test indicates the driver's blood alcohol concentration level is 0.08 percent or higher, then that person will be charged with drunk driving. These numbers are even lower for certain categories of people. For example, commercial vehicle drivers will be charged with drunk driving and subsequently penalized if their BAC is 0.04 or above. Also, if the driver is under the legal drinking age, then they may face license suspension if they have any alcohol in their system whatsoever. The types of penalties a person convicted of drunk driving faces depends on the level of alcohol in their system and whether it is a first offense.

If a person's BAC is under 0.15 percent and it is their first offense, that person will face a jail sentence of at least 10 days and will also face a fine of at least $1,250. They will have to go through alcohol treatment, education or screening and may also have to perform community service. Finally, they will have to have an ignition interlock device placed on their automobile.

If a person's BAC is under 0.15 percent and it is their second or subsequent offence, the penalties are harsher. They will face a jail sentence of at least 90 days and a fine of at least $3,000. In addition, they will lose their driver's license for one year and will have to perform community service. That person will have to go through alcohol treatment, education or screening. Finally, they will have to have an ignition interlock device placed on their automobile.

If a person's BAC is at or above 0.15, the penalties are even greater. Also, if a person commits aggravated DUI, they will also face significant penalties not listed here. But, as this shows, any DUI conviction can seriously impact a person's life. Therefore, those who are facing DUI charges will want to do what it takes to wager a strong defense, so that the charges against them are reduced or dropped altogether.

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