Arizona drivers should be aware that law enforcement is constantly on the lookout for drivers who might be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This vigilance is frequently enhanced when there is a holiday. The recently passed holiday weekend of Labor Day – widely known as the “end of summer” is one such time. There are often a significant number of DUI arrests over these holidays. Those who are confronted with charges should think about how to craft a viable defense immediately.

Almost 400 people were arrested for DUI over Labor Day weekend

DUI concerns are prominent when there is a long weekend. Although there was an reduction in the number of people who were alleged to have committed DUI from 2019, there were still a substantial number. State law enforcement pointed out that there were fewer DUI arrests over Labor Day 2020 with 399 than there were in 2019 with 519. These numbers are from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

There were 80 extreme DUI arrests. In 2019, there were 106. To be charged with extreme DUI, the driver must register a blood-alcohol content of 0.15% or higher. It is believed that a major factor in the reduced number of DUIs is the ongoing health situation in Arizona and across the nation. There were more than 10,700 traffic stops. This too was lower than 2019 with about 4,000 more in the previous year.

Understanding the possible penalties for DUI and forging a defense

Being charged with DUI can have drastic consequences for a person’s life. Not only can there be heavy fines and a loss of driving privileges, but there can be jail time. In addition, a DUI conviction can hinder a person’s future in seeking certain jobs and in other ways. If there is an extreme DUI, the penalties are worse. Regardless of the circumstances, it is wise to remember that there may be a way to lodge a defense that might reduce the charges or get an acquittal.

With holiday weekend enforcement campaigns, it is possible that an officer was overzealous in the attempt to make an arrest and did not adhere to the required protocol to make the case valid. Evidence could be tainted or the driver might have a valid reason for appearing to have been under the influence. To address these charges, consulting with a law firm that is experienced in DUIs is key. This is true whether it is a conventional case with a BAC of 0.08%, an extreme DUI, an underage DUI, or the driver was accused of having used drugs. Calling for legal advice and representation is critical from the start and should be done without delay.