If you have been pulled over for driving under the influence, you need to realize that DUI charges in Arizona are not to be taken lightly. You will have to pay expensive fines and your license will be revoked. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could also face jail time. Contact our experienced Phoenix DUI lawyers today for legal guidance.
DUI Charges in Arizona | Driving While Impaired
Arizona state law says that is it against the law for someone to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle if they are under the influence of an intoxicating liquor, drugs or vapor-releasing substance if that person is even just a little impaired. That means it is against the law for someone to drive if they even feel just a slight “buzz” from any sort of intoxicant.
DUI Charges in Arizona | BAC Over .08%
The legal BAC limit in Arizona is .08%. If you’re pulled over and have a BAC of .08 or higher and you’re driving or have actual physical control of the vehicle, you can be charged with DUI. In Arizona, you cannot have a reading of .08% or higher if you’re going to be behind the wheel or have control of a vehicle within two hours.
DUI Charges in Arizona | Felony DUI
An extreme DUI means that your BAC was over .15%, which is roughly twice the legal limit. Again, this relies on the two-hour time limit. If you’re charged with extreme DUI, the penalties are much more severe.
Aggravated/felony DUI includes driving under the influence and you have committed a violation of section 28-1381 or 28-1382, your driver’s license is suspended or revoked, you’re driving on a restricted license, this is a third or subsequent DUI, you’ve already been convicted of a DUI during the last 60 months (5 years), or you have a minor under the age of 15 in the vehicle.
If you’ve been charged, don’t wait to call a Phoenix DUI lawyer. You could lose your ability to drive, lose your job, face jail time, and pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in fees by the time it’s all said and done. You’ll also be forced to pay the expense of having an interlock in your vehicle as well as probation fees. Give yourself the best possible chance by hiring a Phoenix DUI lawyer.