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

Arizona House Bill HB2013, interlock restricted licenses; violations; reporting

Current Arizona law, 28 A.R.S. § 1385.G, permits the Department of Transportation to administratively suspend the Arizona driver’s license or privilege to drive for 90 days of a person driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle with either an alcohol level of .08% or more or with controlled substances in their bodies.  If… 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

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

DUI and AZ MVD Now Online Driver’s Record Information

    In mid-April 2020, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) launched a new online website, called AZ MVD Now.  AZ MVD NOW is a portal where all Arizona licensed drivers, and non-licensed Arizona drivers or out-of-state licensed drivers who have received traffic citations in Arizona, can access important information about… Read more