When charged with a first offense DUI in Arizona, there are a couple of things that the state must take into account. The age, blood alcohol content (BAC) and the type of driver’s license are all factors to consider when charging someone with a DUI.
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First Offense DUI in Arizona
For one, if the offender is under 21 years of age, it does not matter what their BAC is. They will get charged with anything above a 0.00 BAC. The repercussions are not as harsh if the offender is under 18, but a repeat offender may be charged as an adult. If the driver is 21 years of age or older; then the BAC is taken into account during the arrest. If their BAC is equal to or exceeds .08, then they are charged with a DUI, or they can be charged if they are below .08 and are impaired by either alcohol or drugs. If the offender has a commercial driver’s license (CDL), then the provisions are a bit stricter. If a CDL driver’s BAC exceeds .04, then they can be charged with a DUI and harsher sanctions.
In Arizona, a person can be charged with a DUI, if they have a BAC between .08 and .149, or if they display overt signs of being under the influence. It is also possible to be charged with a DUI, if the police find the offender parked in their car with a BAC between .08 and .149 and their engine is running.
Penalties for First DUI in Arizona
A first offense DUI is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor in the state of Arizona. In order to qualify for a first time offense DUI in Arizona, one must not have any prior DUI arrests within the past 7 years. If the DUI resulted in an accident that engendered the death of another individual, the offender cannot qualify for first time offense sanctions.
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The minimum jail sentence for someone charged with a first time offense DUI is 10 days, but most people will end up spending 24 hours in a jail cell and additional time in an alcohol screening program.
Fines will be another unwanted sanction for those charged with a first offense DUI. Fines and fees include:
- A base fine, surcharges and assessments totaling: $1,537
- Jail Cost for one day: $130
- Alcohol Screening: $50
- 16 – 36 Alcohol Classes: $135 – $585 total
- One Year Ignition Interlock Device: $1,000 – $1,200
- SR-22 Car Insurance Policy: $500 per year for 3 years = $1,500
- Car Insurance Rate Increases: $3,000 per year for 3 years = $9,000
Grand Total: $14,002 (with car insurance) or $3,502 (without car insurance)
Once the offender submits to a chemical test, the driver will receive a 90-day driver’s license suspension. At the end of the suspension, offenders will have to install an ignition interlock devise (IID) at an official IID installation center. Finally, offenders may be required to take a state approved traffic school course to fulfill their sanctions.
Do I Need to Hire a DUI Lawyer?
A lot of people call our offices and ask, do I need to hire a DUI lawyer for my first DUI arrest? Did you read the penalties above? Do you want to deal with the consequences of a DUI conviction, first arrest or otherwise? Do you know the DUI defense strategies that work? Yes, you should hire an aggressive DUI lawyer to represent you in court. Our team of DUI defense lawyers know all of the best DUI defense strategies and we have years of experience working in the courts across the State of Arizona. If you are facing a First Offense DUI charge in Arizona, please call the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor at (602) 307-0808 to get a Free Case Review, or click the ‘Contact Us’ link on this page and send us an email and we’ll call you back to schedule an appointment.
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