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What is the legal drinking age in Arizona?

In Arizona, it is a great concern that a lot of young lives are lost in road accidents and that in some of these cases, the drivers involved in the incidents were drunk at the time. This is a large part of the state's determination to crack down on drunk driving and prevent repeat offenses. However, this means that you could be stopped at any time if officers have reason to suspect that you are driving drunk.

Refusing a BAC test is not always the best choice

If you are being investigated for drunk driving, you may feel nervous and uncertain about the future. On the spur of the moment, it can be difficult to make reasoned decisions, especially if you know you have alcohol in your system and you are worried about being incriminated by a breath test or blood draw. It is something that countless drivers in Arizona go through every year and making the right decisions in these circumstances can make a big difference.

Study names Arizona as strictest state for DUI penalties

As most people in Arizona know, being charged with drunk driving can be bad news. No matter how mild or severe the charges in question, you could still end up with a mark on your criminal record if convicted. Furthermore, you might be fined, sent to jail or face the suspension of your license. The severity of the penalties depend on a number of factors, including the nature of the offense and any previous convictions you might have.

Try to stay calm during sobriety tests

If you have ever been investigated on suspicion of drunk driving, you will already know how stressful the experience can be. It is something that happens to drivers every day in Arizona, in order to keep the roads as safe as possible. However, although many of the tests used to determine whether an individual is intoxicated are very accurate, they can still give misleading results from time to time.

Breathalyzers must conform to certain standards

If you have ever been investigated for drunk driving in Arizona, the chances are that you will have been asked to submit to a breath test. Of course, you do have the option to refuse to participate in such a test. However, because of implied consent laws, this could result in the suspension of your driver's license. Even so, there are cases where this may be preferable to submitting to a test as you might be worried about the consequences of the results.

How long can your license be suspended for?

As most drivers in Arizona are aware, many driving offenses can result in the revocation or suspension of your driver's license. This can be extremely inconvenient, especially if you rely on your license for work or if you regularly take trips in the car to get groceries, collect children from school or for other such day-to-day activities. Fortunately, suspensions are not usually forever, although getting your license reinstated can be a time-consuming process.

Can DUI convictions be expunged?

As most drivers in Arizona already know, a DUI conviction can be bad news. Not only might it come with fines or even a prison sentence, you could even lose your driver's license for a period of time or be required to have an ignition interlock device fitted to your vehicle. Another major problem that can be caused by a conviction for drunk driving is the mark that it leaves on your criminal record.

Hosts may be liable in underage DUI cases

Every year in Arizona, countless individuals are pulled over on suspicion of driving drunk. If you make some mistakes while driving, it is possible that this could happen to you, as officers may assume that your errors are caused by intoxication. Fortunately, if you have not been drinking, it is likely that you will be cleared of that assumption as drunk driving tests are often quite accurate.

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