Second Offense DUI in Arizona

If you are arrested for a second DUI/DWI in Arizona within seven years of a previous DUI/DWI, then, if convicted, you will be subject to the following criminal and administrative penalties. Note if your blood alcohol content exceeds .15%, you may be subject to felony punishment under Arizona's "extreme DUI" laws.

Criminal Penalties

In Arizona, a second offense of driving under the influence is considered a misdemeanor and the offender will typically be subject to:

  • Jailtime. At least 90 days in jail, with a maximum of 6 months.
  • Fines. Fines will range from $500 to $2,500.
  • IID installation. The driver must install an ignition interlock device for a year, requiring measurement of blood alcohol level before the car starts. (It costs about $1,000 for this mandatory tool.)
  • Community Service. The driver will usually need to perform at least 30 hours of community service as well as attend driving school.

Administrative Penalties

A second DUI in Arizona results in a license revocation for at least a year. Once the revocation is over, the driver must some fees for reinstatement after which the driver is on probation for up to five years, though this is rarely supervised.

Plea Options

In Arizona you cannot plead the accusation down to a lesser conviction. However, you and your lawyer may still be able to plea bargain to get your penalties reduced. You also have the option of pleading not guilty, resulting in a trial to determine your innocence.

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