Driving under the influence (DUI) is an offense committed when a person drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle while he/she is under the influence of intoxicating liquor, a vapor releasing substance, or any other drugs. Law enforcement officers can ask you to submit to a Blood or Breath test if they have a reasonable basis for believing that you are driving or are in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any other drug. Where the test shows a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more, you are presumed to be under the influence of alcohol and can face a number of penalties.
DUI penalties include administrative and criminal penalties that vary depending on the facts of the cases, including:
The penalties for first-time offenders whose alcohol content is 0.08 or more but less than 0.15 include:
The penalties for second-time offenders whose alcohol content is 0.08 or more but less than 0.15 include:
Extreme DUI penalties apply to offenders whose alcohol content is 0.15 or more but less than .20.
Extreme DUI penalties apply to offenders whose alcohol content is more than .20.
A DUI becomes an Aggravated DUI when the alcohol content is .08 or more and one of the following occurs:
An Aggravated DUI in Arizona is a class 4 felony that is punishable by 1-3.75 years in prison. Probation is available for a person that is convicted of an Aggravated DUI in Arizona. Probation can be up to four years and requires a 4 month term in prison as a condition of probation.
Driving while intoxicated may have adverse impacts on your family and loved ones and may equally lead to the loss of your finances and jobs. If you are battling with DUI charges, then you will need help from someone who not only comprehends Arizona DUI laws but is also experienced and aggressive and can reach a positive conclusion while fighting for your situation.