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An Overview of Arizona DUI Laws

Arizona DUI Basics

An Overview of Arizona DUI (DWI, Drunk Driving, Drugged Driving) Laws

While DUI charges are not uncommon in Arizona, there is still a startling amount of misinformation and lack of information about this offense. This often leads to unnecessary fear and anxiety after a person has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, prescription drugs, or otherwise impaired. The Law Office of James E. Novak has created this website to help you better understand the circumstances that you or your loved one face and learn about various available defense options.

Please note that while this website has information on Arizona criminal statutes and procedures is no substitute for an attorney-client relationship. Call (480) 413-1499 or send an online message to learn about how these Arizona DUI laws apply to your specific situation and what your available legal options are. James E. Novak is a Mesa DUI lawyer who is highly experienced in DUI cases. The initial consultation is free and can you gain begin the first steps towards fighting the charges you face.

Arizona DUI Basics

In the state of Arizona it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, a vapor releasing substance containing a toxic substance or any combination of liquor, drugs or vapor releasing substances if the person is impaired to the slightest degree (A.R.S. §28-1381(A)(1)) or “impaired to the slightest degree” (Requires Ignition Interlock Device).

This includes driving a vehicle if the person has an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more within two hours of driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle and the alcohol concentration results from alcohol consumed either before or while driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle. (A.R.S. §28-1381(A)(2)) or “DUI” (Requires Ignition Interlock Device).

It is also unlawful for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle in the State of Arizona if the person has an alcohol concentration as follows: within two hours of driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle and the alcohol concentration results from alcohol consumed either before or while driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle: 0.15 or more but less than 0.20.

A.R.S. §28-1382(A)(1) or “Extreme DUI” (Requires Ignition Interlock Device) and within two hours of driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle and the alcohol concentration results from alcohol consumed either before or while driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle: 0.20 or more. (A.R.S. §28-1382(A)(2)) or “Super Extreme DUI” (Requires Ignition Interlock Device).