Where were you arrested? A DUI is a state offense, but each jurisdiction handles them slightly differently.
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In Arizona, many drivers have been stopped at one time or another on suspicion of drunk driving. It is important to know your limits, yet even if you feel safe to drive, if your blood alcohol concentration is at or above 0.08 percent, you could be charged with drunk driving. During the investigation, you may also be asked to submit to various examinations, including field sobriety tests, which are designed to determine whether your movement, reactions or vision have been impaired.
In Arizona, most drivers know that being stopped on suspicion of driving drunk can be bad news. Not only can the investigation take up a portion of your day, if you are found to be drunk, it could have a dramatic impact on your life as a whole. Conviction could result in hefty fines or even a prison sentence. Meanwhile, you could also lose your driver's license or face suspension from your job.
If you are pulled over in Arizona and you know you have been drinking, you may be worried about the potential consequences of submitting to a breath test. After all, if your blood alcohol concentration is over the legal limit of 0.08 percent, you could be charged with drunk driving. However, you may also know that refusing such a test can result in the suspension of your driver's license, which could be extremely inconvenient.
In Arizona, it is a well-known fact that the loss of your driver's license can be extremely inconvenient. It can affect your ability to get to work, to take your children to school or simply to get about and enjoy your life. Furthermore, in the event of an emergency, being unable to drive due to license revocation could have serious repercussions.
It is no secret that being charged with a drunk driving offense in Arizona can have serious or even life-changing consequences. If convicted, the penalties could range from fines and license suspension to a prison sentence. Whatever the case, it can severely impact your future, particularly as you will be left with a mark on your criminal record. This can diminish your chances of getting a job and may even impact matters such as college options or where you can live.
In Arizona, many drivers are charged with drunk driving every year. However, not all of these drivers are guilty of the offenses for which they are investigated. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to determine an individual's involvement in a crash and even though testing equipment used to measure a person's blood alcohol concentration is often quite accurate, it is not always as reliable as it should be. Sadly, a false reading can lead to criminal charges.
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