Where were you arrested? A DUI is a state offense, but each jurisdiction handles them slightly differently.
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Many drivers in Arizona will have been pulled over at some point for one reason or another, or investigated following their involvement in an accident. If this has happened to you, you will already be aware that this can involve an investigation into whether you were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. If your blood alcohol concentration is found to be at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, you could find yourself faced with drunk driving charges.
Many drivers in Arizona enjoy a drink from time to time. However, it is always important to bear in mind the legal limits for blood alcohol concentration when driving. The limit is generally 0.08 percent, although it can be even lower for commercial drivers or drivers under the legal drinking age. If you are found driving with a BAC which is equal to or in excess of the limit, you could be charged with drunk driving.
If you have been involved in a road accident at any point, there is a chance that you will have been investigated for drunk driving. Officers in Arizona tend to check thoroughly for evidence of intoxication during a crash in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident. However, the methods for determining sobriety are not always completely accurate. This could mean that you are mistakenly charged with drunk driving.
Many drivers in Arizona have been stopped at one time or another by officers enforcing the rules of the road. Often they may only need to perform a few checks then let you go on your way. However, if you are impaired by alcohol, you could be faced with criminal charges. In order to determine whether you are intoxicated, officers are likely to ask you to submit to several tests. Failing these tests may imply that you are intoxicated, leading to your arrest.
It is no secret that a DUI charge can have serious consequences in Arizona. Yet something that is not always as obvious is exactly what merits the charge of driving under the influence. Aside from the fact that intoxication part of DUI charges do not require a relation to alcohol intoxication, the driving element of a DUI incident does not always pertain to someone actually driving a car.
Many people in Arizona rely on being able to drive in order to maintain their livelihood. In fact, for some people it is not simply a matter of being able to get to and from work efficiently. In many cases their job itself requires driving. As such, an incident that results in the revocation or suspension of their driver's license can be devastating as it can completely remove their source of income.
When accidents occur on the busy roads of Arizona, the consequences can be extremely severe. While officers are likely to investigate for signs of drunk driving, the fact is that even without the involvement of alcohol, when vehicles collide, the victims are often left with serious injuries or worse. However, the assumption is that intoxication makes the occurrence of such incidents far more likely as it reduces an individual's competence behind the wheel.
Young people in Arizona often have busy lives. Between balancing fun, friends, work and college, not to mention family and other responsibilities that may crop up, being able to get around at their own speed is important. As such, it is hardly surprising that many young Americans learn to drive as soon as possible.
Recently, the Rosenstein Law Group published a white paper analyzed drugged driving laws in Arizona. The state has taken a very strong stance against drug DUI, and has made it extremely difficult for motorists to defend themselves against these accusations.
In Arizona, it is a well-known fact that driving under the influence of alcohol can result in serious criminal charges. However, it is not only having an excessive blood alcohol concentration that can result in DUI charges. In fact, if you are impaired in any way by alcohol, illegal drugs or even prescription medication, you could be charged. Even the effects of medicines you can buy over-the-counter can get you into trouble.
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