It is no secret that drunk driving is a matter that is taken extremely seriously by authorities in Arizona. If your blood alcohol content is found to be 0.08 percent or above when you are operating a vehicle, you could face criminal charges. The severity of these charges depends on a number of factors, one of which is whether you have any previous convictions.
Any form of drunk driving conviction can have a severe impact on your life. You may lose your drivers' license, or be required to have an ignition interlock device fitted to your vehicle. You could even find that such a conviction impacts your employment, particularly if your job requires you to drive.
Being charged with drunk driving is already an unpleasant situation to be in. Although many states consider a standard DUI charge to be a misdemeanor. Even so, as we have seen before, even a first offense in Arizona can result in jail time. Furthermore, certain conditions can elevate a charge to the level of felony. This means harsher penalties and more abiding consequences. However, the rules vary from state to state, so it is important to be aware of the rules in your home state.
The prospect of facing criminal charges can be daunting and can cause some people to act rashly. When it comes to drunk driving, a police stop may be daunting, particularly if you fear that you might fail sobriety or breath tests, resulting in a DUI charge. You have the option to refuse these tests, but that in itself can lead to the revocation of your driver's license. Even so, whatever you decide to do, remaining calm and cooperative can be highly beneficial.
In Arizona, the legal limit for blood alcohol content when driving is 0.08 percent. As most drivers know, being found to be over this limit when behind the wheel can result in serious charges. In their drunk driving enforcement, police will often use tests to try to determine a person’s blood alcohol level.
About 200 miles northwest of Scottsdale, an Arizona man faces several charges after he allegedly slammed his pick-up truck into a home. The 23-year-old was alleged drunk when his truck struck a gas meter, two parked cars, two fences and a Kingman home.
While the holiday season might be, as the song says, the most wonderful time of the year, it can be turned into the most terrible time when police lights flip on behind your vehicle.
A great misconception about DUIs in Arizona is that they are always only misdemeanor charges. What many people are not aware of is that, in Arizona, it's really not very difficult to be arrested and cited for Aggravated DUI (also commonly referred to as Felony DUI).