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First Offense Minimum Penalties

The minimum statutory sentences if you are convicted of a first offense DUI are:

For a Driving While Impaired or With a BAC over a .08 -

  • one day in jail.
  • alcohol screening and recommended classes (a 16 hour class is the minimum)
  • fines and fees of approximately $1500 plus jail costs and the cost of any classes you must attend.
  • a 90 day driver's license suspension which can be lowered to a 30 day suspension and a 60 day restricted license.
  • one year of the ignition interlock device in your vehicle which can be lowered to 6 months in certain cases.
  • 8 points on your driving record which requires traffic survival school.

For an Extreme DUI (above .15) -

  • 30 days in jail.  21 may be suspended upon proof of installation of an ignition interlock device.
  • alcohol screening and classes (likely 16 hours of class plus 10 2-hour group sessions)
  • fines and fees of around $3000 plus jail costs
  • 90 day drivers license suspension which can be lowered to a 30 day suspension and 60 day restricted license.
  • one year of ignition interlock device.
  • 8 points on your driving record which requires traffic school

For a Super-Extreme DUI (above .200) -

  • 45 days in jail.  31 days may be suspended upon proof of an ignition interlock device.
  • alcohol screening and classes (likely 16 hours of class plus 10 2-hour group sessions)
  • fines and fees of around $3500 plus jail costs
  • 90 day drivers license suspension which can be lowered to a 30 day suspension and 60 day restricted license.
  • 18 months of ignition interlock device.
  • 8 points on your driving record which requires traffic school.

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DUI/DWI

Arizona has the toughest DUI laws in the country. The State will try to put you in jail for up to six months, take away your license, make you pay thousands of dollars in fines, go through alcohol classes, and put an alcohol sensor on your car.