Before you can be charged with a second DUI offense in Arizona, you must have a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .08 to .149 and have a previous DUI conviction on your record. Arizona has a look-back period of seven years after the first DUI conviction. That means your first conviction will remain on your record for seven years. If you are arrested during your look-back period, you will be charged with a second DUI.
Arizona’s DUI laws are strict, and second drunk driving charges are taken very seriously. Compared to the first offense, the second DUI offense carries much stiffer penalties and fines.
Watch this short video where David Cantor explains the penalties for a Second Offense Misdemeanor DUI in Arizona:
Minimum Possible Penalties for Second Offense Regular Misdemeanor DUI in Arizona
- 90 days in jail with the possibility of 60 days suspended if Alcohol classes are completed. Minimum jail cost: $2,500
- Alcohol Screening: $50
- 36 Alcohol Classes: $585
- Fines, Surcharges, and Assessments: $3,500
- 1 year driver’s license suspension, followed by 1 year of Ignition Interlock Device: $1,000 – $1,200
- 30 hours of Community Service
- SR-22 Car Insurance Policy $500 per year for 3 years: $1,500
- Car Insurance Increases up to $3,000 per year for 3 years: $9,000
Grand Total: $18,335 (with car insurance) or $7,835 (without car insurance)
What Happens After You are Charged with a Second Offense DUI?
Because each case is different, there is no right answer to what will happen in your situation. The outcome depends on the circumstances of your arrest and your defense strategy. While you will face jail time, you will not necessarily be ordered to go to jail. The best way to get accurate advice about your case and reduce your damages in court is to give DM Cantor a call to get a Free DUI Case Review.