A Day in Jail for DUI in Arizona is At Least 8 Hours

Jail Cell for an Arizona DUI. Sentence must be at least 8 hours


A day in jail for an Arizona Misdemeanor DUI must be at least 8 hours.  Years ago, 1 day meant 24 hours but the legislature changed it to say “1 day” and not “24 hours”.  Depending on the county 1 day could be much less than 24 hours.

In Maricopa County a person could self-surrender to serve a jail sentence any time. Before 2021 any part of a day could be a full day. For a 2 day sentence a person could go in at 9 p.m. and time to midnight was 1 day. The second day started at midnight the person could get out at 2 a.m. Detention Officers decided the time when to release the person. There never was a reason to surrender before 9 p.m. because they had to be in jail to midnight to get credit for a day.

In 2021 the legislature changed the law in 2021 Ariz. Session Laws, Chap. 148, to say a “day” must be in custody for at least 8 hours. Now if someone goes 4:00 p.m. so they could serve the 8 hours and get credit for 1 day.  If they had to serve 2 days in jail, they would have to self-surrender at 8 p.m. and be in custody until at least 8 a.m. the next day. In Maricopa County people are often released before 8 a.m. on the second day.

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As a DUI Lawyer I know an arrest for a DUI or other criminal charge means you are no longer in control of your life

You may have to:

  • Stop driving
  • Attend many court and counseling sessions, thus jeopardizing your job
  • Serve jail time
  • Drive only a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device for years.

Since 1979 as a DUI Lawyer I have helped over 5000 DUI & Criminal law clients take back control of their lives

  • I prevent the immediate suspension of my client’s driver’s license
  • I limit their appearances for court and counseling
  • I use my 42 years of experience to try to get the Best Result possible: for my clients. The best result could be a dismissal, a reduced charge or trial verdict of not guilty  
  • If there is a conviction, I help my client avoid or lessen the many adverse consequences of a conviction.

My job as a Phoenix DUI Lawyer is to see each case through my client’s eyes 

All of my clients are unique individuals.  An arrest may trigger actions which are different for them than my other clients.  My job is to anticipate and minimize the consequences for each client and their family.

I have designed my Phoenix DUI Attorney practice as if I were the client

If I were the client, I would expect my lawyer to keep me fully informed as the case progresses. I would want my lawyer to  anticipate problems I may not be aware of. I would want my attorney to help me do whatever the courts and MVD said I had to do.  Because that is what I expect, this is what I provide to my clients.  Personalized Service is my responsibility alone.

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DUI Flat Fee Agreements Infographic showing the steps of a DUI case, including jail sentence arting with the stop of the vehicle, then through the court proceedings, with possible sentencing consequences if guilty. including a day in jail is at least 8 hours

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