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If you’ve been charged with a first offense DUI Arizona, a DUI lawyer can help you understand the charges and possible penalties. Learn more here.

 

What You Can Expect From A First Offense Dui In Arizona

Arizona’s DUI laws are not only strict but are confusing for first-time offenders. If you’ve been charged with a DUI for the first time, an experienced DUI attorney can provide guidance as to your legal options.

Arizona First Offense DUI Laws

Under Arizona DUI laws, it is illegal to drive or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Despite a national legal impairment limit of .08 grams of alcohol per deciliter of blood, A.R.S. §28-1381 — the state statute of impairment offenses — a driver in Arizona is prohibited and can be cited for DUI if they are impaired in the slightest degree.

Other first offense DUI charges include Aggravated DUI, which can be charged if you had a child under 15 years old in the car with you when you were cited; as well as extreme or super-extreme DUI conviction, which provide increased penalties for higher levels of blood alcohol concentration or drug content (BADC).

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Our mission is to help keep good people out of jail by balancing the criminal justice playing field so that each of our clients has a fighting chance to achieve realistic outcomes for their individual legal situations.

Arizona First Offense DUI Penalties

A first offense DUI arrest in Arizona results in penalties such as:

  • At least 10 consecutive days in jail. Nine of these days may be suspended. Your jail term can be up to 6 months following an Arizona first-time DUI.
  • Fines of at least $1,250, and up to $2,500.
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for up to 90 days.
  • If you are convicted of a DUI alcohol offense, a certified ignition interlock device installed on all of your vehicles for at least 6 months following the completion of your license suspension.
  • Probation of up to five years.
  • Community service hours and alcohol or drug education classes.

In certain circumstances, the penalties for a first offense DUI can be a lot more severe than what is detailed above, including cases involving serious bodily injury or death caused to another person, as well as DUIs involving a high level of impairment.

Often, if a DUI defense attorney is unable to get their client’s charge dropped due to the circumstances of the investigation, testing, or arrest, they will attempt to seek a plea deal in which the client pleads guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for lighter consequences. In many cases, they will seek a reduction to the slightly impaired DUI charge.

A first offense DUI in Arizona is a serious criminal charge that can have life-changing consequences. If you or a loved one has been charged with a first offense DUI, it is important to seek experienced legal guidance as soon as possible.

The criminal defense lawyers at Future First Criminal Law have successfully represented many clients facing first offense DUI charges in Arizona. We understand the ins and outs of DUI law and will work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for your case.

Lookback Period For Arizona DUIs

In states such as Arizona, the penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol worsen with each subsequent offense during a certain amount of time. The amount of time that officials can go back and consider prior DUI offenses is known as the lookback period. In Arizona, this period is seven years before the current offense.

Reinstatement Of Driving Privileges After A First-Time DUI

Those who have had their driver’s license suspended as a result of a DUI in Arizona can sometimes obtain a restricted license that will allow them to drive to work or school, as well as to drug or alcohol classes or treatment. You will likely qualify for a restricted license, provided:

  • Your alcohol- or drug-impaired driving did not result in the serious bodily injury or death of another person.
  • You have not received another DUI or refused a chemical blood or breath alcohol concentration test in the past 7 years.
  • You have provided satisfactory proof of the completion of drug and alcohol screening.
  • Pay a small MVD fee.

In order to reinstate your driving privileges after they have been suspended due to a DUI, you must do the following:

  • Contact the court listed on the suspension notice and pay all penalties that are delinquent.
  • Obtain a court clearance receipt or court abstract form that lists a final disposition code and date, violation code and date, and complaint number.
  • Proof of future financial responsibility, known as SR22, from an insurance company licensed to conduct business in Arizona, a certificate from the Arizona Office of the Treasurer showing a deposit in cash, or a certificate of deposit of $40,000.
  • Pay the $10 reinstatement fee in addition to the application fee.
  • Enroll and successfully complete an alcohol or drug screening and education or treatment program.

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Experienced First-Offense DUI Arizona Lawyer

Our mission is to help keep good people out of jail by balancing the criminal justice playing field so that each of our clients has a fighting chance to achieve realistic outcomes for their individual legal situations.

Phoenix Criminal & Dui Attorney Near You

Future First Criminal Law is a top-rated Phoenix, Arizona law firm with a practice dedicated to criminal and DUI defense. We represent clients throughout the Phoenix-Metro area.

If you need help with a first-offense DUI in Arizona or defending any other criminal charges, you need DUI attorneys who will fight for your rights.

Understandably, you want to get this behind you, but don’t make the mistake of defending yourself or even pleading guilty to the charges.

An aggravated DUI conviction will have long-lasting consequences, and you need to be aware of what they will be before making any decisions. Contact us today for an attorney-client relationship to schedule a free consultation and to discuss your case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the penalty for first time DUI in Arizona?

The penalty for a first DUI in Arizona will depend on the specifics of your arrest. For first-time offenders, penalties will likely include jail time, fines, license suspension, ignition interlock device requirements, probation, and community service.

What makes a DUI a felony in Arizona?

In Arizona, an Aggravated DUI will likely result in felony DUI charges. An Aggravated DUI is if there was a minor present in the vehicle, if the driver had a suspended license, or if they have had two or more previous DUI convictions.

Does DUI ruin your life?

No, a DUI does not have to ruin your life. An experienced DUI lawyer can help fight your case and work towards getting your charges lowered or dropped altogether. With the right legal defense, you can move forward quickly after your DUI arrest.

54+ Five-Star Google Reviews

“Attorney Divelbiss is bright, hard-working, and well-versed in criminal law. His legal writing is superb, and his commitment to his clients is outstanding. He will fight for you and offer you the best defense possible. Additionally, he is a pleasure to work with. I fully endorse this lawyer.”


J.S.

54+ Five-Star Google Reviews

“I hired Zachary after I found myself charged with a felony. He put me at ease right away and during the whole process he explained each step to where I understood everything and was always available for any questions I had. ”


S.N.

54+ Five-Star Google Reviews

“Attorney Zachary is a brilliant attorney, I highly recommend his company to resolve any legal/criminal matter satisfactorily. He still continue to work on my case to tie some loose ends. He is intelligent , prompt and a problem solver. I thank him a million times to protect my dignity and reputation.”


D.G.

54+ Five-Star Google Reviews

“I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Divelbiss in the past and know him to be a hard working professional. His attention to detail and care for his clients set him apart from the rest!”


Joshua Black, Attorney

54+ Five-Star Google Reviews

“Attorney Divelbiss is a hard worker and will advocate for his clients with an attention to detail that you don’t see very often these days.”


Brandon White, Attorney

54+ Five-Star Google Reviews

“Attorney Divelbiss is bright, hard-working, and well-versed in criminal law. His legal writing is superb, and his commitment to his clients is outstanding. He will fight for you and offer you the best defense possible. Additionally, he is a pleasure to work with. I fully endorse this lawyer.”


Josephine Hallam, Attorney

54+ Five-Star Google Reviews

“Mr. Divelbiss and I worked in the same office, although we were at different law firms. He was eager to learn and developed a reputation for honesty and zealous advocacy.”


Kristopher Califano, Attorney

54+ Five-Star Google Reviews

“Mr. Divelbiss is a GREAT attorney, very honest and reliable. He takes his times with every client and answers all questions and concerns. Is been a pleasure working with Mr. Divelbiss and he serves his clients very well!”


Allen Hsu, Attorney