Arizona DUI Task Force Results in More DUI Charges

The Arizona Department of Public Safety operated a special DUI Task Force in the West Valley this past weekend. The special task force coordinated by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and consisting of various law enforcement officers (including specially trained DUI recognition officers) conducted saturation patrols to seek out and stop impaired drivers.

These efforts are similar to those typically seen during the holiday season and entail special checkpoints and an increased police presence in the area. Driving under the influence is a serious matter and the penalties for doing so in Arizona are quite costly as a result. Some basic information is provided below:

  • The legal limit in Arizona is a BAC of .08%. How much alcohol it takes to reach this point is dependent on a number of factors including gender, weight, and percentage of body fat.
  • The statutory minimum jail time for a first time offender is 24 hours, but can go up to 10 days.
  • The statutory minimum jail time for a second time offender is 30 days, but can go up to 90 days.
  • On a first offense, your license can be suspended from anywhere between 90 days and a full year.
  • For a second time offender, your license can be suspended for one year or more.
  • For both first time offenders and second time offenders, the court may (and probably will) order the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle for at least a year. This will be done at the expense of the offender, and the monthly fees involved with calibration and testing of the device add up quickly.
  • First and second time offenders both face a number of fees which include the DUI base fines, surcharges, construction assessments, and probation surcharges. These amounts can quickly spiral into thousands of dollars in fees and fines.

If you were pulled over this weekend as a result of the increased efforts of the Department of Public Safety, or any other time, it is important to contact an attorney knowledgeable in Arizona DUI law to help guide you through the process and address the particular issues of your case. Though the penalties are fairly clear cut, bringing an attorney on to help negotiate your case alleviates much of the stress associated with these proceedings and has the potential to result in lesser penalties.

If you or anyone you know is facing a DUI, contact The Carroll Law Firm to schedule a consultation today at (623)551-9366 or online at www.CarrollLawFirm.com.

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