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Drunk Driving and the Law in Arizona

By Knowles Law Firm, PLC  Jan. 31, 2011 1:41p

It is against the law to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more in Arizona. The 0.08% measurement is a standard measurement used in all other states as well. If you are convicted of drunk driving in Arizona, you are potentially facing jail, fines, community service, Arizona SR22 insurance requirements and a permanent criminal record. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, it's extremely important that you contact a DUI attorney right away.

How many drinks do you have to drink to reach the legal limit? There is no right answer to that question. One drink is 1 12-oz beer, 1 3oz glass of wine or 1 oz of hard liquor. How many drinks it takes to reach 0.08% varies depending on body weight, body fat and gender. People all too frequently think its okay to have a few drinks and drive a few hours afterwards.

This is where they make a mistake. The effects of alcohol in the system can still linger, despite eating a fatty meal or "waiting it out" a few hours before heading home. Motor function, cognitive skills and reaction time can all be affected just a few hours after consuming alcohol. This is why it's important to plan ahead, before an evening of drinking or having a few, after work. If you are convicted for your first DUI offense in Arizona you are facing penalties such as:

  • DUI base fine of $250
  • Arizona DUI surcharge of $200
  • Jail: Up to 10 days
  • 90 to 360 days license suspension
  • Ignition Interlock Device at your expense
  • Additional fines

DUI Attorney in Phoenix

If you or someone you love has been arrested for DUI in Phoenix or the surrounding areas, a Phoenix DUI lawyer from the Knowles Law Firm, PLC, can help. We are experienced in all aspects of DUI law in Arizona; there are a number of DUI defenses that may apply to your DUI case. Without the help of a DUI defense attorney, you are placing your future in the hands of the prosecution. An attorney from our firm may be able to help get the charges against you reduced or dropped entirely so you can keep your freedom and your license!

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