In addition to typical DUI enforcement and patrolling, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office hosts DUI Taskforce operations in Payson and the surrounding areas. These operations are scheduled around major holidays and events to crack down on DUI offenses. Among the sheriff’s office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Payson Police Department, hundreds of DUI arrests are made each year in Payson and surrounding areas in Gila County.
The first question you might ask after being charged with a DUI offense is, “What are the consequences of a DUI conviction?”
The answer is that a DUI in Payson can lead to serious, lasting consequences, including time in jail, probation, fines and fees, alcohol treatment classes, driver’s license suspension, an ignition interlock device on your car, and higher insurance rates.
Additionally, a DUI conviction in Payson creates a permanent criminal conviction on your record. This can lead to issues obtaining employment, housing, professional licenses, and a fingerprint clearance card.
The first thing to know is what type of DUI you are facing. In Payson you can be charged with:
You can be arrested for DUI for driving with either drugs or alcohol in your system. For misdemeanor alcohol-related DUIs, your blood alcohol content (BAC) level will determine the level of DUI that you are charged with.
Below we will explore the penalties for the most common types of DUI offenses in Payson. The offenses listed below are all misdemeanor crimes. For information on felony DUIs in Payson, visit our Felony DUI – Payson page.
In Payson, a “regular DUI” occurs if you are driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol to the slightest degree, or if you have a BAC level at or above 0.08 but below 0.15.
The penalties for a regular DUI include:
You can be charged with a drug DUI in Payson if you are driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while you have any drug or drug metabolite in your system. You can also be charged with a drug DUI if you are impaired to the slightest degree by any drug or its metabolite. This includes prescription drugs.
The penalties for a drug DUI include:
A person will be charged with an extreme DUI out of Payson if they are driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle with a BAC at or above .15 but below .20. The penalties for an extreme DUI include:
Super extreme DUI charges are filed if a person is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle with a BAC at or above .20. The penalties for a super extreme DUI include:
We understand that a DUI arrest is very stressful, and the potential consequences of a DUI arrest only add to that stress. The important thing to know is that a DUI arrest does not have to lead to a conviction.
Having an experienced and aggressive DUI attorney on your side can lead to a more favorable outcome for you, including reduced or even dismissed charges. We may also be able to negotiate alternatives to extended periods of jail time, like home detention or work release.
The attorneys at the Rosenstein Law Group are prepared to take on any DUI case. If you are facing DUI charges in Payson, contact the Rosenstein Law Group at 480-248-7666 or online to set up a free consultation to find out how we can help you.