DUI & OUI Charges In Arizona
A DUI in Arizona is not something you want to automatically plead guilty. The state enforces drunk driving laws stringently and a conviction can have life-long consequences. Here are some of the most common DUI/OUI charges you could be charged with in our state. If you are charged with a DUI, call the legal team at Matthew Lopez Law, PLLC, led by Matthew Lopez, an experienced attorney who has handled many intoxicated driving cases successfully.
Aggravated And Felony DUI Charges
When a defendant has been charged with an aggravated DUI, they have been charged with a felony DUI. It is “forever allegeable,” which means that a conviction can be used against a person for the rest of their life and it will be considered in any future charges the defendant may face in the future. Most importantly, a conviction for an aggravated DUI requires a sentence of four months in prison.
First Or Repeat DUI Offenses
Arizona has some of the harshest DUI laws in the nation. There are four types of DUI charges:
- Count 1: Impaired to the Slightest Degree
- Count 2: BAC Above .08
- Count 3: BAC Above .15
- Count 4: BAC Above .20
While all are considered misdemeanors, a DUI charge on a defendant’s record can affect them for years to come. It can also result in fees and fines, jail time, SR22 High-Risk Insurance, License Suspension, and additional consequences.
Extreme DUI Charges
In addition to a Count 1 and Count 2 DUI, an extreme DUI is charged as a third offense. It alleges that a defendant had a BAC above .15 tested within two hours of driving. The penalties for extreme DUI are much harsher than a regular DUI. It carries more jail time, twice the number of fees and fines, and other mandatory requirements.
Operating Under The Influence
While there isn’t an “open container” law for watercraft, it is a crime to operate a boat under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. OUI penalties can prove to be on par with that of a DUI because in conjunction with waves, sun and other factors, boating under the influence can be very dangerous and can easily cause injury and even death.
Super Extreme DUI
If a person has a blood alcohol concentration greater than .20, they will be charged with a “super extreme” DUI. This is the most severe first-time DUI charge. A first-time conviction could carry up to 45 days in jail. A second-time conviction could result in as many as 180 days in jail.
Under 21 DUI
If a person under the age of 21 operates a vehicle with any amount of alcohol in their system, regardless of if they are above or below the legal limit (BAC .08), they can be charged with a DUI.
Do Not Give Up – You Can Get DUI Charges Dismissed Or Reduced
Matthew Lopez Law, PLLC is your ally when you are facing a DUI or OUI charge. We examine the evidence, listen to your side of the situation, and look for the best strategies that will lead to a dismissal or reduction of charges. Call us at 602-980-1987 or use our online contact form to set up a free case consultation.