Arizona DUI/DWI Law

Arizona has specific laws in place to address drunk driving. Here is an overview of drunk driving laws in Arizona:

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits:
– For drivers aged 21 and over: BAC limit of 0.08% or higher.
– For drivers under the age of 21: Zero tolerance policy with a BAC limit of 0.02% or higher.

DUI Offenses:
– Driving Under the Influence (DUI) refers to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
– Penalties for DUI offenses can include fines, mandatory alcohol education programs, license suspension, potential jail time, and the requirement to install an ignition interlock device (IID).

Ignition Interlock Device (IID):
– Arizona has a mandatory IID requirement for certain DUI offenses, including first-time offenders with a BAC of 0.15% or higher, repeat offenders, and those convicted of extreme DUI or aggravated DUI.
– The IID is a device installed in the offender’s vehicle that measures their breath alcohol concentration (BAC) before allowing the vehicle to start.

License Suspension:
– License suspension periods for DUI offenses vary based on factors such as the driver’s BAC level, prior convictions, and other circumstances. Suspension periods can range from 90 days to several years.

Implied Consent:
– Arizona has an implied consent law, meaning drivers are required to submit to a blood, breath, or urine test if arrested for suspicion of DUI. Refusing the test can result in automatic license suspension.

Open Container Laws:
– It is illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle, regardless of whether the vehicle is in motion or parked.

It’s important to note that specific circumstances and factors can impact the penalties and legal consequences of a DUI offense in Arizona. For accurate and up-to-date information, it is advisable to consult with the Arizona Department of Transportation or a legal professional specializing in DUI/DWI law in Arizona.