Arizona Drunk Driving Fines & Penalties

Learn about the penalties for a DUI conviction in Arizona.

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What are the penalties for a DUI in Arizona?


1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Jail

Min. 24 hours up
to 10 days

Min. 30 days up
to 90 days

Min. 4 months

Fines and Penalties

$250 base fine

$500 base fine

$750 base fine

License Suspension

90 to 360 days

1 year

1 year

IID** Required

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lookback Period: 7 years (Period of time that prior DUIs are relevant for sentencing

*Interlock Ignition Device

How much do you have to drink (BAC*) for a DUI in Arizona?

Under 21

.00% (zero tolerance)

21 or older

.08%

Commercial

.04%

** BAC = blood alcohol content

How many drinks does it take? Check the BAC chart.

What if you refuse to take a chemical test in Arizona?

Arizona has an implied consent law. That means that if you refuse to submit to a chemical test you will be subject to a fine and automatic license suspension. Learn more about Arizona’s implied consent law.

 

1st Offense

2d offense

3rd Offense

Refusal to take test

1 year suspension of license

2 year suspension of license

2 year suspension of license

Disclaimer: While we strive to keep this information up to date and accurate, it's important to understand that it's based on your states legislature. Your local courts, judges, district attorneys office and even local law enforcement will have a huge impact on how the law is actually applied in any given case. No amount of legal information can replace the advice of a local attorney familiar with DUI cases in your area.

Can you plead to a lesser offense than DUI in Arizona?

No, a plea bargain for a conviction of "wet reckless" (reckless driving involving alcohol) is barred by statute in Arizona.

The Arizona Extreme DUI

In Arizona there are specific laws and penalties for people who fall under the category of "Extreme DUI". A person is said to be an Extreme DUI if their blood alcohol concentration is 0.15 or higher within two hours of driving or being in actual control of a vehicle. A person convicted of Extreme DUI is convicted of a criminal misdemeanor.

Extreme Drunk Driving Convictions in Arizona

First Extreme DUI Conviction

$900 fine ($500 + 80% surcharge) PLUS another $250 for a "DUI Assessment" PLUS $1250 extreme DUI assessment. Your drivers license will be revoked for 1 year. You will also have to install (at your expense) a interlock ignition device in all of your vehicles. The vehicle will not start unless you blow into the device and prove that you have not consumed any alcohol.

Second Extreme DUI Conviction(Within 5 years of the first)

$450 fine ($250 + 80% surcharge) PLUS another $250 for a "DUI Assessment" PLUS $1000 extreme DUI assessment. Your drivers license will be suspended from 90 days to 1 year. You will also have to install (at your expense) a interlock ignition device in all of your vehicles. The vehicle will not start unless you blow into the device and prove that you have not consumed any alcohol.

Note: Arizona DUI / DWI laws extend to Vehicles, Watercraft or Aircraft.

Drinking and Driving Laws in Arizona

The State of Arizona has a drunk driving law that prohibits a person from driving when they have a concentration of .08 percent or more alcohol in their blood system. The measurement of 0.08 percent Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is the standard measurement used by all states in America. Studies have determined that a BAC level of 0.05 Percent leaves most drivers "Impaired", therefore the 0.08 percent measurement has been calculated as the standard measurement for a DUI conviction in the United States. If you are convicted of a drunk driving offense in the State of Arizona you face many penalties such as jail time, fines and Arizona SR22 insurance requirements.

How many drinks does it take to reach the legal limit in Arizona? There isn't a right answer to this question, each individual has unique characteristics that determine a BAC score. One drink can be considered 1 12-oz beer, 1 3oz glass of wine or 1-Shot or 1-oz of hard liquor. In fact it takes very little alcohol to become legally drunk and many variables such as weight, gender and body fat percentage can all be factors in the equation. The best answer is to have zero drinks before you drive. If you want to read more about the topic please see the Drink and Weight Table or check out our BAC Calculator.

With a second conviction of a DUI in Arizona you will receive a $900 fine ($500 + 80% surcharge) PLUS another $1,250 for your 2nd DUI Assessment and up to 90 days in jail. Drivers license will be revoked for one year. You will also have to install (at your expense) a interlock ignition device in all of your vehicles.

The vehicle will not start unless you blow into the device and prove that you have not consumed any alcohol. For a $1350 fine ($750 + 80% surcharge) PLUS a $250 DUI assessment PLUS a $1500 aggravated DUI assessment. A third drunk driving conviction within 60 month of the first two DUI's is considered an aggravated DUI in Arizona.

The violation of the aggravated DUI law is a felony punishable by 4 months in prison plus mandatory drug and alcohol screening. Mandatory attendance for counseling. Your driver's license will be revoked for 3 years and you will also have to install (at your expense) a interlock ignition device in all of your vehicles. The vehicle will not start unless you blow into the device and prove that you have not consumed any alcohol. Your car may be forfeited to the state and sold (The money goes to the state).

DUI: What is illegal in Arizona?

The State of Arizona law prohibits driving under any of the following circumstances:

  • Any combination of liquor, drugs or vapor releasing substances if the person is impaired to the slightest degree.
  • An Alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more within 2 hours of driving.
  • If the Vehicle is a Commercial motor vehicle that requires a commercial drivers license and the operator has an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or above.
  • For a driver under the age of 21 years to operate or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while there is any spirituous liquor in the driver's body.
  • A person driving with any illegal drug or the metabolite of any illegal drug in their body.

As you can read above, in the State of Arizona has drunk driving laws for adults and drivers under the age of 21. If you are a commercial driver the allowed concentration of alcohol is reduced to .04 percent or above. Like many other states, being convicted of a DUI in Arizona is a Misdemeanor Criminal Conviction.

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