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As we kick off the summer season, this is the prime time for enjoying parties and celebrations with friends and family. A cocktail or drink may seem harmless at the time, but alcohol can lead to tragedy when you don’t have a plan to get home safely.

Plans can include a designated driver, a taxi, Uber or when possible, spending the night over at the location of the party or celebration.

To complete your picture of how serious driving under the influence is, here is a general overview (individual cases may vary) of some of the penalties of a DUI conviction in Arizona.

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Arizona is .08. However, you can be arrested with a blood alcohol content of less than the legal limit.   The reason behind this is because Arizona is referred to as a ‘no tolerance state’ for DUIS, meaning you can still be arrested under .08.

There three types of DUIs.

  • Standard: .08+
  • Extreme: .15+
  • Super Extreme: .20+

Aside from the inherent disregard for the safety others and yourself, there are other penalties to consider when you drink and drive. There are a variety of factors which contribute to your ultimate conviction and penalty, including previous convictions and if there were minors in the car. But, as an extremely loose guideline you can consider the following:

STANDARD DUI

1st Offense

  • Jail up to 10 days
  • Fines about $1500, plus jail/home detention costs
  • MVD Suspension: 90 day suspension or 1 year revocation

2nd Offense

  • Jail up to 90 days
  • Fines around $3500 plus jail/ home detention costs.
  • MVD Suspension: 1 year revocation

EXTREME DUI

  • Jail up to 30 days
  • Fines about $2780, plus jail/home detention costs
  • MVD Suspension: 90 days

2nd Offense

  • Jail: Up to 120 days
  • Fines about $3740 plus jail/home detention costs
  • MVD Suspension: 1 year revocation

SUPER EXTREME DUI

1st Offense

  • Jail: 45 days
  • Fines about $3240 plus jail/home detention costs
  • MVD : Suspension 90 days

For more information on preventing driving under the influence, you can visit Mothers Against Drunk Driving.