Arizona DUI Defense Attorney
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has gained attention in recent years due to public information campaigns by local and national agencies as well as several instances in which high-profile individuals or young vehicle occupants were injured and killed. Despite reports that DUI arrests are on the decline in Arizona, enforcement of State DUI laws remains tough. Even a first-time conviction can result in serious fines and mandatory jail time.
For this reason, you must be proactive and aggressive in responding to a DUI charge. It is possible to defeat a DUI charge, but you must retain experienced DUI defense counsel. Attorney Ulises Ferragut has defended many Arizona drivers charged with DUI and DUI-related offenses. Contact him immediately following a DUI charge to preserve your freedom and driving privileges.
Driving Under the Influence-Related Offenses in Arizona
Driving under the influence is prohibited by Arizona laws. While a majority of drivers charged with DUI are alleged to be under the influence of alcohol, the truth is there are a variety of substances that can render a person “DUI.” You can be found guilty of DUI if you are:
- Impaired in any manner or to any degree by any combination of alcohol, liquor, drugs, or vapor-releasing substances;
- Found to have a breath or blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more within 2 hours of the time you were last seen driving;
- Operating a truck or other commercial motor vehicle and have an breath or blood alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater;
- Under 21 years old and have any “spirituous liquor” in your body;
- Found with an illegal drug or metabolite an illegal drug in your body.
There are additional facts which can result in enhanced penalties. For example, you can expect to pay a higher fine and be subject to more serious jail / prison sentences if any of the following apply to you:
- Your alcohol concentration is over 0.15 but less than 0.20 (called an “extreme DUI” offense);
- Your alcohol concentration is over 0.20 (called a “super extreme DUI” offense);
- You have previous convictions for DUI offenses;
- You were DUI while your license was suspended because of a DUI offense;
- You had children under the age of 15 in the car while you were DUI.
Penalties for an Arizona DUI Offense
Depending on how many DUI offense convictions you have within the previous seven years and whether any aggravating factors are present. Penalties include fines, mandatory imprisonment, driver’s license suspension, and other costs and fees – just to name a few. Expect to receive:
- First offense (30 day to 1 year license revocation)
- DUI: 24 hours to 10 days in jail, $250 minimum fine
- Extreme DUI: 30 to 90 days (consecutive) in jail, $250 minimum fine
- Super Extreme DUI: 45 to 90 days (consecutive) in jail, $500 minimum fine
- Second offense (1 year license revocation)
- DUI: 10 to 90 days in jail, $500 minimum fine
- Extreme DUI: 120 days in jail (60 days must be served consecutively), $500 minimum fine
- Super Extreme DUI: 180 days in jail (90 days must be served consecutively), $1,000 minimum fine
- Third offense
- 3 year driver’s license revocation
- Four to 45 months in prison
- Minimum fine of $750
DUI offenses are difficult to defend against, but a skilled and zealous defense counsel may be able to exploit weaknesses in the government’s case against you. This can result in your charges being reduced or even dismissed. Attorney Ulises Ferragut Jr., and the team at the Ferragut Law Firm, stand ready to help you with your Arizona DUI charge. Contact them at 602-324-5300 or 602-370-4597 at night and on weekends.