DUI Penalties

The Penalties for DUI in Arizona

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"I was arrested for DUI in Phoenix – what now?" This is one of the very first questions we hear from our clients after a drunk driving arrest. There are many different penalties that may be enforced after a DUI conviction in Arizona, and the results of your case will usually depend on the facts. Each situation is different. At Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C., we will review the facts of your case and work to minimize the penalties as much as possible, or help you avoid a criminal conviction altogether.

Our criminal defense law firm offers free consultations regarding the penalties you face. We represent clients in the Phoenix area, including Maricopa County, and throughout the state. The consequences you face for DUI will depend on several things. For example, is this your first DUI offense or have been convicted before? Consequences can also depend on other factors, like your blood alcohol content, whether there was a drunk driving accident or whether there was a child in the vehicle.

Penalties that may be enforced for a first DUI conviction in Arizona include:

  • Up to six months in county jail (10 days minimum)
  • Fines and court fees reaching $2,500 or more
  • Driver's license suspension for up to 90 days
  • Substance abuse counseling & community service
  • Use of an ignition interlock device for at least six months
  • Potential term of probation for up to five years

To learn more about the penalties for a second or third DUI offense, click here.

The Penalties for Extreme & Super Extreme DUI

Depending on your BAC at the time of your arrest, it is possible for you to be charged with more serious offenses like “extreme DUI” or “super extreme DUI.” For example, a BAC of .15% or greater could result in extreme DUI charges. If your BAC is .20% or greater, you will likely face charges for super extreme DUI—which will result in much harsher penalties.

The penalties for a first extreme DUI conviction may include:

  • Up to six months in county jail (30 days minimum)
  • Fines and court fees reaching $2,500 or more
  • Driver’s license suspension for up to 90 days
  • Substance abuse counseling & community service
  • Use of an ignition interlock device for at least 12 months
  • Potential term of probation for up to five years

The penalties for a first super extreme DUI conviction may include:

  • Up to six months in county jail (45 days minimum)
  • Fines and court fees reaching $3,000 or more
  • Driver’s license suspension for up to 90 days
  • Substance abuse counseling & community service
  • Use of an ignition interlock device for at least 12 months
  • Potential term of probation for up to five years

What Are the Penalties for Refusing to Take a BAC Test?

Arizona's implied consent law states that you cannot refuse to submit to chemical testing if a police officer suspects that you have been driving under the influence. Although an officer cannot physically compel you to comply with breath, blood or urine testing, it is important to know that you will face penalties for refusing. For a first-time refusal, your driver’s license will automatically be suspended for one year. For a second or third refusal, your license will be suspended for two years.

How the Ignition Interlock Device Works

One potential penalty for driving while intoxicated is the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). Even for a first-time DUI offense, you may be required to keep this device in your vehicle for a minimum of 12 months. This device works by requiring you to submit a breath sample before you can start the engine. If your BAC exceeds a certain level, you wouldn’t be able to start the vehicle. In many cases, the IID will also require you to provide additional breath samples while driving.

Call Our Firm. We're Ready to Discuss Your Case.

If you would like to learn more about the DUI penalties you face, please do not hesitate to contact Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. for a free case evaluation. Our Phoenix DUI lawyers would be happy to answer any questions you have, and we will take the time to address your concerns and give you the information you need to make solid decisions that protect your rights and freedom. Don’t wait to get started! We are available 24/7 to answer your questions, so there is no better time to act!


Schedule a free case evaluation online or call our office directly at (602) 842-6762.


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