Very few drivers make the mistake of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Those that do immediately increase the danger to themselves and everyone else on the road.
To combat these tragedies, Arizona, like all 50 states in the U.S., delivers harsh punishments for those convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). For multiple offenders, punitive measures increase, potentially resulting in a permanent loss of their driver’s license.
Multiple offenders face severe consequences
Arizona is an “implied consent” state, meaning that all drivers in Arizona automatically consent to chemical testing for drugs or alcohol. Failure to comply results in separate penalties, including revoking one’s driver’s license. Drivers charged with a DUI will face the following penalties:
- First offense: Those convicted of their first DUI face a 90-day license suspension, five years of probation, alcohol education classes, up to 10 days in jail, and up to $1,500 in fines. Offenders may have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on their vehicle or even face vehicle forfeiture.
- Second offense: A second DUI incurs increased penalties, including 90 days in jail, one-year license revocation, five years of probation, a mandatory minimum of 30 hours of community restitution, automatic installation of an IID, substance abuse education, and nearly $3,500 in fines. A judge may reduce jail time, but Arizona law mandates at least 30 consecutive days.
- Third offense: Arizona considers a third DUI, called an “aggravated” DUI, a felony. These dire consequences include fines nearing $5,000, a minimum of four months in jail, three years of a revoked license, two years with an IID, five years of probation, mandatory substance abuse treatment, and the possible forfeiture of one’s vehicle.
Those found with a blood alcohol content of 0.15% or more face increased penalties, as Arizona considers these “extreme DUIs.”
Those facing a DUI conviction can seek legal help
A DUI charge can have devastating consequences on a person’s life. Those facing a conviction find more success working with a local lawyer familiar with Arizona’s DUI laws. An attorney can assess one’s case, negotiate the penalties with the courts and even help with an appeal.