What is going to happen to me? I was arrested for first-time DUI in Arizona
What Happens to Me if I get arrested for first-time DUI in Arizona?
First-Offender DUI arrests: (not extreme DUI)
Offenders are arrested for DUI in Arizona if they are: driving impaired, or driving with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of 0.08 or higher.
Most likely, if you are arrested and charged with a DUI in Arizona, you will pay a $250 fine, spend one day in jail, receive probation, have your drivers license suspended for a minimum of 90 days, and submit to a drug/alcohol evaluation and treatment. (Over 90% of DUI offenders in Arizona plead guilty.)
Penalties for DUI first-offender in Arizona:
- FINES AND COSTS
- LICENSE SUSPENSION
- RECOMMENDED COUNSELING
- IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE
If you refuse to take a Blood Alcohol Test, your license may be suspended for one year — even if you are not convicted of the DUI charge.
In order to avoid jail time, first-time offenders must complete an alcohol abuse screening. You may be ordered by the court to seek counseling, treatment, or education if thy determine you have a substance abuse problem.
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You may be entitled to a reduced punishment of a 30 day suspension and a sixty day restricted license, which means you would be able to have a drivers license to allow you to get back and forth from work, counseling sessions, or medical appointments.
DUI PENALTYS for COMMERCIAL DRIVERS
Drivers holding a commercial license are arrested for DUI if their blood alcohol concentration is 0.04 or higher. Penalties include: sentencing no less than 90 days in jail (30 to be served consecutively, no parole), $500 fine, revoked license for one year, and possible sentence of community service. The judge, however may suspend all but 30 days of the sentence if the offender completes court-ordered alcohol or drug screenings, education, or treatment programs.