Arizona DUI Laws
Each state has it's own drunken driving laws on the books. While the blood alcohol content (BAC) levels are all .08, the punishments vary widely.
And penalties are a lot like real estate values -- it all comes down to location, location, location.
Arizona, like Tennessee and Georgia, has mandatory jail time for first offenders. California does not. And in Wisconsin, a first-offense drunken driving isn't even a crime -- it's a civil infraction.
This chart lays out the basics of Arizona DUI law:
Arizona DUI Laws: Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits and Implied Consent
|"Per Se" BAC Limit||0.08 Percent|
|Zero Tolerance (Underage) BAC Limit||0.00 Percent|
|Enhanced Penalty (Aggravated) BAC Limit||0.15 Percent|
|Implied Consent to Submit to BAC Test?||Yes|
Arizona DUI Laws: Select Penalties
|Minimum License Suspension or Revocation (1st, 2nd, 3rd offense)||90 days, 1 year, 3 years|
|Mandatory Alcohol Education, Assessment and Treatment||Both|
|Vehicle Confiscation Possible?||No|
|Ignition Interlock Device Possible?||Yes (mandatory for all convictions)|
Arizona DUI Resources:
- Arizona DUI Statutes: Driving Under the Influence (ARS Title 2-241; Title 28-1381, 1382 and 1383).
- Ignition Interlock Devices - Information about Arizona's ignition interlock device program (Az. Governor's Office of Highway Safety).
- Arizona Driver's License Reinstatement - How to reinstate your driver's license after a suspension (Az. Dept. of Transportation).
- Arizona DUI Prevention - Overview of the enforcement of Arizona DUI laws (Az. Dept. of Public Safety).
- Repeat DUI Offenders - Summary of interventions for repeat DUI offenders (Az. Dept. of Public Safety).
- Arizona DUI Statistics - National and state drunk driving statistics (Az. Dept. of Public Safety).
- Phoenix DUI Blog - Coverage of DUI news and legal developments in Arizona (FindLaw).
Consult an Experienced DUI Attorney
If you or a loved one are arrested for DUI, you may need an experienced DUI lawyer. A skilled attorney who specializes in defending DUI cases will evaluate all the evidence, including the procedure and results of any field sobriety and chemical tests, to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Plus it's important to speak to a lawyer familiar with the laws in your jurisdiction. Most offer free consultations, so your first step should be to contact an experienced Arizona DUI attorney.