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Living with a DUI in Arizona

Even if you are able to avoid a jail sentence, being convicted of a DUI can change your life. DUI charges can lead to debt, license suspension, attaining good housing and even problems securing employment. No matter what stage in life you receive your conviction, it can lead to problems that ultimately affect your future.

See where Arizona ranks among toughest DUI laws in the nation

Back at the end of last year, Utah became the first state in the nation to reduce its blood alcohol content (BAC) level to .05 percent. The other 49 states – including Arizona – continue to have a legal limit of .08 percent. Did that dramatic change in Utah mean that it now has the toughest DUI laws and penalties in the nation?

Not according to a new survey of the 51 sets of DUI laws (the survey includes Washington DC). Minnesota has the toughest drunk driving laws, followed by Utah. Arizona ranks 15th in the nation.

Driver wins appeal on lack of probable cause

In Arizona, police must have what is known as “probable cause” before they can make a DUI arrest. That means the officer must be able to point to some specific fact about something the driver did to cause the officer to believe that the driver is drunk and violating the law.

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently made it clear that a Mesa cop did not have probable cause when he pulled a driver over in December of 2017. The officer was looking for drunk drivers as part of the East Valley DUI task force.

Labor Day in Arizona means DUI patrols and drunk driving arrests

Across the Valley of the Sun and around the state of Arizona, people are ready to celebrate the unofficial close of summer with the annual Labor Day weekend. As in past years, it is certain that there will be plenty of hot dogs, potato chips, ice-cold beverages – and DUI arrests over the holiday.Law enforcement agencies from Scottsdale to Sedona to Sierra Vista – and all points in between – will be out with extra officers, patrol vehicles, checkpoints and more.

They're Charging Me to Stay in Jail?!

What's worse than receiving a jail sentence for a misdemeanor offense like a DUI? Receiving a jail sentence and being forced to pay for it.

Adding insult to injury, if you are convicted of a misdemeanor and sentenced to jail, Arizona law requires Courts to order you to reimburse the cost of incarceration. Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-804.01 mandates Courts to order that reimbursement to whatever political subdivision is responsible for the costs of your incarceration, be it the city or the county.

Can a tribal police officer from the Salt River Police Department arrest me for a DUI?

In Arizona, tribal police officers, like those in the Salt River Police Department, can and will pull you over and potentially arrest you for criminal charges and submit charges against you in the county courts.

The Salt River Indian Community is located adjacent to Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale, and parts of several Arizona freeways run through their jurisdiction.

Best practices for an Arizona sobriety checkpoint

A host of questions can flood your mind as you approach a DUI checkpoint in Scottsdale or other parts of the Valley of the Sun.

Are you required to go through the sobriety checkpoint? Must you answer all questions? Should you perform a roadside sobriety test? Let’s take a look at some of the questions that are likely to come up as you see the flashing lights of a sobriety checkpoint ahead.

Ignition interlock devices: failures, infractions, more

As many of our Arizona DUI defense blog’s readers know, everyone convicted of drunk driving in our state faces some of the harshest penalties in the nation. A first offense means that “you will be jailed for not less than 10 consecutive days and fined not less than $1,250,” the Arizona Department of Transportation says. You’ll also be required “to equip any vehicle you operate with a certified ignition interlock device.”

Unfortunately, ignition interlock devices can register false readings. A single infraction can result in an extension of your interlock penalty for a full year.

Arizona DUI: What does “impaired to the slightest degree” mean?

Most regular readers of our Arizona DUI Defense Blog understand that it is illegal to drive a vehicle in our state with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or above. Doing so can result in a DUI arrest and drunk driving conviction.

However, fewer know that Arizona drivers can be charged with DUI if they are under the influence of liquor or any drug – or combination of alcohol and drugs – if they are “impaired to the slightest degree.”

Hundreds of DUI arrests expected across Arizona over the Fourth

It’s the most red, white and blue holiday of them all. The Fourth of July celebrates not only our nation’s founding, but also the American dream, spirit and our cherished freedoms. Unfortunately, the annual holiday also means that Arizona law enforcement agencies will be out in force looking for drunk drivers.

According to a Phoenix TV station, last year’s Fourth of July crackdown resulted in more than 200 DUI arrests over the two-day holiday enforcement period. The report stated that 1,726 officers and deputies took part in the effort last year. There is no doubt that there will again be extra patrols and officers on metro area streets for next week’s celebration.

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