Types of DUIs
Depending on why you got pulled over, you could be facing different penalties relating to the different types of DUIs there are in Arizona. Here is what you need to know.
Types of DUIs | Impaired to the Slightest Degree
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.
Types of DUIs | BAC Greater than .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 DWI/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.
Types of DUIs | Extreme 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.
Types of DUIs | Aggravated/Felony DUI
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 DWI/DUI, you’ve already been convicted of a DWI/DUI during the last 60 months (5 years), or you have a minor under the age of 15 in the vehicle.
Types of DUIs | Drug DUI
It is illegal for someone to drive or be in actual physical control of the vehicle if they are under the influence of any drug or its associated metabolite defined in section 13-3401.
Types of DUIs | Commercial DUI
Commercial DUIs aren’t held to the same BAC standard as passenger vehicle drivers. A commercial vehicle driver’s BAC may be no higher than .04%.
Types of DUIs | Boating DUI
This charge is also referred to as OUI standing for Operating Under the Influence. It is illegal in Arizona for someone to operate or be in actual physical control of a motorized watercraft if they are impaired to the slightest or fall under one of the other DUI limits previously discussed. For commercial vessels, the BAC is the same as for a commercial DUI: .04%.
Please call our Phoenix DUI lawyers today for a free consultation to learn more about your DUI charge.