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Twelve Frequently Asked Questions Regarding DUI Charges in Arizona

Jul 8

Last month, Criminal Defense Lawyer David Maletta, co-founder of Phoenix law firm Colburn Hintze Maletta, discussed 12 most frequently asked questions about DUI charges and sentencing in Arizona.

Question 1. What is the penalty for a first DUI in Arizona?

Answer: For a first offense you will be imprisoned for at least 10 days and fined at least $1,250. You will also be required to undergo alcohol screening/education/treatment, install a certified ignition interlock device in any vehicle you operate, and perform community service.

Question 2. What are the levels of DUI in Arizona?

Answer: DUI levels are classified in Arizona, as they are in most other states. A standard DUI is defined as a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.08 or higher, though commercial drivers can be charged with DUI if their BAC is higher than 0.04. A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 or higher is considered extreme DUI. A Super Extreme DUI is defined.

Question 3. How much is a DUI lawyer in Arizona?

Answer: The fees for an aggressive and experienced DUI Lawyer will vary according to their qualifications. The average cost of a DUI lawyer will most likely fall between $4,000 and $10,000, depending on a variety of factors (first offense?, misdemeanor or felony DUI?, will the case go to trial?, etc.).

Question 4. Can a DUI be dismissed in AZ?

Answer: A DUI is not supposed to be dismissed in Arizona unless the evidence is insufficient. In any case, certain Arizona city courts, including Phoenix, will not accept reckless driving in lieu of a DUI.

Question 5. What is a misdemeanor DUI in AZ?

Answer: You will be charged with a misdemeanor DUI if your blood alcohol concentration is less than 0.08 percent, or greater than 0.04 percent if driving a commercial vehicle. In Arizona, this is considered a misdemeanor.

Question 6. What is an aggravated DUI in Arizona?

Answer: In Arizona, an Aggravated DUI (ARS 28-1383) is a Felony DUI Charge that, if convicted, will result in mandatory PRISON time. An Aggravated DUI charge is much more serious than a Regular DUI or Extreme DUI, so it is critical that you understand the gravity of an Aggravated DUI charge.

Question 7. What is the penalty for a second DUI in Arizona?

Answer: In Arizona, a second DUI within seven years of a first DUI is a class 1 misdemeanor. Penalties include 90 days in jail, a one-year license suspension, at least $3,000 in fines, an alcohol and drug test, traffic school, and a year of using an ignition interlock device.

Question 8. What is the minimum and maximum jail time for a DUI in Arizona?

Answer: A misdemeanor DUI will result in a 10-day jail sentence. A minimum of 30 days in jail for a first offense Extreme DUI with a BAC of 0.15 percent or higher; eligible for home detention after 2 days. Fines and fees must total at least $2,800.

Question 10. Does Arizona report DUI to other states?}

Answer: Because Arizona is a member of the Interstate Drivers' License Compact, Arizona receives information about DUI arrests in other states.

Question 11. How long is your license suspended for a DUI in Arizona?

Answer: In Arizona, a driver's license is typically suspended for one year after being arrested for an alleged DUI or illegally refusing a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test (12 months). This is known as an administrative per se suspension or implied consent driver's license suspension. Dec 1, 2021

Question 12. How long does a DUI affect your insurance in Arizona?

Answer: In Arizona, the look back period is 84 months (7 years) from the date of your DUI offense. This means that if you are convicted of DUI, your auto insurance rates could be affected for up to seven years. This is also the amount of time that the state of Arizona considers for repeat DUI offenders.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Arizona, don't go it alone. An experienced DUI attorney can make the difference between jail time and community service.

In the Phoenix Valley call Colburn Hintze Maletta to speak with an experienced DUI lawyer. Call (602) 932-2999.