Second DUI Consequences in Arizona

Arizona drivers convicted of a second DUI within seven years of their first conviction face mandatory fines, jail time, and penalties such as license revocation and the installation of an ignition interlock device. These consequences are some of the harshest in America and are the result of Arizona previously having one of the highest rates of DUI-related deaths in the country. If you are facing the consequences of a second DUI, you need to hire one of the best Mesa DUI Lawyers to defend your rights.

Woman with a look of despair as she gets pulled over for drunk driving

Arizona has some of the harshest consequences in the nation for DUI offenses.

 

Your blood alcohol content (BAC) dictates which DUI classification you face. Note that you may still face arrest and a DUI charge even if your BAC is below the legal limit of 0.08 percent. This is up to the judgment of the arresting officer and the discretion of the court. This is yet another reason why hiring an experienced Arizona DUI defense attorney is in your best interests.

Consequences of a Standard DUI, 2nd Offense

The standard DUI classification is characterized by a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher for most drivers. That percentage drops to 0.04 for anyone driving a commercial vehicle, and 0.00 for a driver under the age of 21. Penalties include:

  • Minimum 90 days in jail (possible to get 60 days suspended)
  • Minimum fines of $3,000
  • Driver’s license revoked for 12 months
  • Completion of alcohol/drug screening, treatment, and education
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on each vehicle you drive, at your expense

Consequences of an Extreme DUI, 2nd Offense

A blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent or higher results in a charge of Extreme DUI. Second offense penalties include:

  • Minimum 120 days in jail
  • Minimum fines of $3,250
  • Driver’s license revoked for 12 months
  • Completion of alcohol/drug screening, treatment, and education
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on each vehicle you drive, at your expense

Consequences of an Aggravated DUI

Aggravated DUI applies to any driver convicted of DUI under the following conditions:

  • Driving on a suspended, revoked, or canceled license
  • Found guilty of driving under the influence three times in an 84-month period
  • Commit DUI with a passenger under the age of 15 in the vehicle
  • Commit DUI or refuse a BAC test while under an ignition interlock device agreement

Fines and penalties for Aggravated DUI include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Up to two and half years in jail in addition to other incarceration penalties
  • Probation
  • License revocation for three years
  • Completion of alcohol/drug screening, treatment, and education
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on each vehicle you drive, at your expense

Hire an Experienced Arizona DUI Defense Attorney

Experienced Mesa DUI lawyers Joshua Edwards and Brian Petersen of Edwards & Petersen.

Joshua Edwards and Brian Petersen of Edwards & Petersen.

All of these fines and penalties are the minimum consequences you face if convicted of DUI. With so many variables in DUI classification and penalties, you need a qualified defense attorney to represent you. The consequences can be very painful and hiring the right attorney can make a difference. Call Edwards & Petersen today for a free consultation.