Being arrested for DUI in Arizona is no joke. Being convicted for a first offense means 24 hours to 10 days behind bars, a base fine of $250, a license suspension for up to a year and a mandatory ignition interlock device, which you must have installed and maintain at your own cost. The penalties go up with each subsequent offense.
It's no secret how police determine if they will charge you with driving under the influence of alcohol. Such an arrest typically begins with an officer noticing something -- your eyes, your behavior or the odor of alcohol on your breath. What follows is a series of subjective tests the officer may initiate to confirm the suspicion that you have been drinking.
You may be one of many Arizona residents eagerly anticipating many of the activities and special occasions that typically accompany autumn. For instance, NFL fans throughout the nation are already enjoying the first games of the season. If you like to get together with friends for a tailgate party or enjoy a few burgers and beers at a friend's house on game days, you may look forward to yummy half-time snacks, festive team spirit decorations and various types of beverages to accompany your culinary football delights.
Let's say you were driving home after an evening at your favorite restaurant with friends. You immediately notice a glare when red and blue lights begin flashing in your rear view mirror. The pit in your stomach announces your state of nervousness as you realize a police officer is pulling you over. Whether it's your first experience in a traffic stop or you've been through the process before, it's typically a highly stressful situation for any motorist.
Arizona can congratulate itself for being number one! No, not the football or basketball teams, although fans of those can hold on to hope. The first place refers to the recent ranking of states with the strictest DUI laws. Using a system of points, WalletHub rated all 50 states according to 15 criteria, including length of jail time and additional consequences for drivers with blood alcohol counts well over .08.
Criminal charges of any kind have the potential to bring serious repercussions upon your life. You may think because it is your first drunk driving offense that you do not really have any consequences of significance to worry about, but that is not the case. In reality, even a first-time DUI could have serious consequences, and it is worthwhile to defend yourself and your interests.
The former CEO of Anheuser-Busch breweries was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of flying his helicopter while drunk. A portable Breathalyzer test found no alcohol in his system, but police are still seeking blood or urine test results.
Up until recently, the worst thing that may have happened to you while driving involved a speeding ticket. Then, after you had a couple of drinks with your friends or your family, you got behind the wheel. You hear sirens, see flashing lights and begin to wonder if your breath smells like alcohol.
Golfing legend Tiger Woods was found asleep in his Mercedes Benz on Memorial Day. He wasn't far from his home in Jupiter, Florida. Instead of waking him up and sending him on his way, however, local police asked him to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was arrested for DUI.
Any Arizona motorist who has ever been pulled over by police knows how distressing such situations can be. One minute, you're driving along, perhaps after enjoying a nice evening out with some friends, and the next thing you know there are red and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. Sometimes, simply finding a spot on the roadside to safely pull over and stop is enough to cause anxiety.