If you have been charged with a first offense DUI in Arizona, you can see from our previous four posts that the penalties are tough. In fact, people are surprised when they learn what they are facing when they are charged with a first-time DUI in Arizona.
According the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, last year it was reported that 309 motorists were charged with driving under the influence in Arizona over the 4th of July weekend. Of those arrests, 106 were made on the 4th itself. This was a decrease in the amount of DUI related arrests by 50 from the previous year. More than 300 officers and deputies joined a statewide task force targeting drunk driving. Of the total AZ DUI arrests, 99 were for extreme DUI. Law enforcement agencies made a total of 3,471 traffic stops during the extended holiday weekend.
Our last posts in this series (post 1, post 2, post 3) detailed three of the five different first offense DUI statutes (or laws) that you can be charged with in Arizona. While those penalties can seem robust, the next two are by far the most severe.
So you're starting to get the picture- a first offense DUI can be pretty bad. In fact, you can be charged with up to five different statutes. In the last blog post, we covered the 'catch all' charge under A.R.S. Section 28-1381(A)(1). Now that I've got your attention, the second is the one you've probably heard of...