All posts discussing DUI issues.

A Day in Jail for DUI is At Least 8 Hours

The minimum sentence for an Arizona Misdemeanor DUI is 1 actual day in jail.  Years ago, 1 day meant 24 hours but the legislature changed it to simply say “1 day” and not “24 hours”.  Depending on the county 1 day could be much less than 24 hours. For example, in Maricopa County currently if… Read more

Bill to Modify DUI Wrong Way Felony Law

In 2018 the Arizona Legislature enacted a law, 28 A.R.S. § 1383.A.5, which made it a felony to drive the wrong way on a “highway” while under the influence.  The mandatory minimum sentence for this offense includes four months in the Arizona State Prison.  Under this law someone can be sentenced to State Prison for… Read more

Prop 207, Arizona DUI and Marijuana

On November 30, 2020 Arizona Elections Proposition 207 (Prop 207), which legalizes the personal possession of Marijuana, took effect.  Prop 207 significantly changes the DUI laws for defendants who have Marijuana in their bodies. Arizona’s basic DUI law, 28 A.R.S. § 1381.A.1, makes it illegal to drive or be in actual physical control, “While under… Read more

Agg DUI Conviction Reversed When Breath Test Results Improperly Used at Trial

The Arizona Department of Public Safety has approved a breath testing device known as an Intoxilyzer 8000 for use to test the alcohol levels of persons arrested for DUI. The State Legislature has made it very easy for a prosecutor to have Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test results admitted into evidence in a DUI trial without… Read more

Arizona DUI & MVD Points Suspensions

  Arizona law authorizes the Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) to take action against a driver’s license or privilege to drive if they have frequent traffic violations (28 A.R.S. § 3306.A.3). Various traffic violations lead to the assessment of points, for example, DUI is an 8-point assessment and Speeding a 3-point assessment (17… Read more

2020 Arizona Holiday DUI Enforcement Program to Begin

Each Holiday Season weekend in 2020, police departments in Maricopa County will conduct DUI saturation patrol programs for DUI enforcement. The 2020 program will start on Wednesday November 25, 2020 and will run each weekend through December 31, 2020. Officers from several police departments around the Valley will conduct coordinated patrols in certain areas, which… Read more

DUI and Arizona Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

As a requirement of MVD and many courts following an Arizona DUI alcohol conviction, or to be eligible for a Special Ignition Interlock Restricted Driver License (SIRDL), a person must install an Arizona MVD-approved Certified Ignition Interlock Device (IID).  Arizona MVD publishes a list of approved IID providers to choose from, but consumers should research… Read more