As discussed in our last blog post,there are many different types of penalties that one would receive if convicted of a misdemeanor DUI charge in Arizona. Starting in this post, we will begin to break down the minimum penalties for the 5 types ofmisdemeanor DUI convictions in Arizona.
The misdemeanor AZ DUI charge that we will discuss now is the Impaired to the Slightest Degree Charge under A.R.S. Section 28-1381(A)(1) (commonly referred to as the A1).
The minimum penalties for a first time conviction of the Impaired to the Slightest Degree charge are: 10 days jail (of which 9 days may be suspended by the Court for various reasons, but you must serve at least 24 hours in jail regardless), fines and fees that usually total about $2,000.00, mandatory alcohol/drug screening and classes, a 90 day driver’slicense suspension (although you may be eligible to a restricted permit for 60 of the days, but regardless, there will be no driving at all for a minimum of 30 days, and an experienced AZ DUI defense attorney can help guide you on this), and, currently, a 12 month mandatory usage of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
Remember, these are just the minimum Arizona DUI conviction penalties for a first-time Impaired to the Slightest Degree Charge, and the Court may order more. Also, the penalties for a second-time offense conviction are not the same, as they increase substantially.