New Arizona DUI Laws
In the 2008 legislative session, the Arizona legislature made some significant changes to the DUI laws which made penalties much harsher. Prior to these changes, Arizona was known for having particularly strict DUI laws, and these new amendments have only increased the validity of this perception. If you have been charged with a DUI in the state of Arizona, you could be facing some of the toughest penalties in the country.
With the increased penalties for DUIs in Arizona, you need a confident and experienced attorney on your side if you have been arrested for drunk driving. The Arizona DUI defense attorneys of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., have represented individuals facing DUI charges in Arizona for years, and we are prepared to do our utmost to help you in your case. Contact us at 602-510-9999.
Changes to Arizona DUI Laws
During the 2008 legislative session, the Arizona legislature made the following amendments to Arizona DUI laws:
- Time frame change for 2nd offenses – prior to 2008, a prosecutor could only consider a previous DUI charge for up to five years. Under new Arizona DUI laws, the prosecutor may now consider a prior DUI charge for up to seven years.
- No Suspended Sentences for Extreme and Super Extreme DUI – A judge may no longer suspend a jail sentence if one is convicted of either extreme or super extreme DUI, meaning that if you are convicted, the minimum jail time is mandatory. For extreme DUI that means at least 30 days in jail for a first offense and 120 days in jail for a second offense. For super extreme DUI, this is raised to 45 days in jail for the first offense and 6 months for a second offense.
- Driver’s License Penalties – Even if you are not convicted, you will be required to go through an alcohol dependence screening before getting your license reinstated. If you are convicted, you will be required to have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for at least a year.
If you have been charged with a DUI, having an experienced DUI defense attorney can mean the difference between jail time and walking away without a conviction on your record. The Arizona DUI defense attorneys of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., are passionately committed to providing our clients with aggressive, capable legal representation. Contact our offices by calling 602-510-9999 today.