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DUI Laws in Phoenix

Arizona has a reputation for having particularly strict DUI laws. In addition, lawmakers are constantly making changes and updates to the DUI laws, garnering controversy over topics such as a first-time offender’s right to a jury, the use of ignition interlock devices, and the ability to work while serving time for a DUI conviction.

While it could be difficult to keep up with the most up-to-date information on the state’s DUI laws, understanding the law will help you make the best decisions possible in dealing with a DUI charge. Phoenix DUI attorneys can help guide you through complicated DUI laws and the processes of a DUI charge. You can find a Phoenix DUI attorney by looking through FindLaw’s directory.

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What are Extreme and Super Extreme DUIs?

A Kingman man is facing an extreme DUI charge after his truck hit a gas meter, two fences and two parked cars before slamming into a home, The Associated Press reports.

Though the "extreme" category name sounds hyperbolic and almost comical, the penalties for an extreme or super extreme DUI are anything but amusing -- as busted judges and cops could tell you.

But what exactly are extreme DUIs and super extreme DUIs?

Drugged Driving Carries Serious Penalties

Arizona's drugged driving laws carry stiff penalties including jail time, fines, and license revocation.

While prosecution will depend on the facts of the case -- for example, whether you were using marijuana for medical purposes -- certain circumstances can prompt a charge and even enhance the penalties.

The penalties are particularly brutal for repeat offenders and those who drive drugged with kids in the car.

Ariz. DUI Arrests Drop for 1st Time in Decade

The total number of DUI arrests in Arizona dropped for the first time in ten years.

In 2013, 29,000 DUI arrests were made. While that number is still incredibly high, it's about 3,000 less than in 2012. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety attributes the drop in DUIs to the public's understanding of the legal limits and the consequences associated with the crime, according to AZCentral.

Compared to the numbers from the past year, it appears Arizona's drivers are smartening up to the dangers of drinking and driving.

What Is a DUI Causing Injury in Arizona?

In Arizona, a drunken driving charge can turn into an aggravated felony when the driver causes injury to another person. When a DUI charge is raised from a misdemeanor to a felony, a defendant stands to face much stiffer penalties.

Arizona's DUI causing injury offense isn't out of the ordinary, but it does include three elements worth noting:

How to Get a 6-Month Deferment for Your Ignition Interlock Device

Arizona law requires even first-time DUI offenders to get an ignition interlock device installed in their cars for a year. But there are a few tips to get you back behind the wheel -- without the device -- in just six months.

In a previous post, we explained five things to know about ignition interlock. But if you are facing a DUI arrest or conviction in Arizona, you should also know that you can potentially cut down your time with an ignition interlock device.

Here's how to do it:

Aggravated DUI in Arizona: Don't Make Your DUI Even Worse

If you're convicted of a DUI, you're facing some steep penalties. But if you aggravate that DUI, you're facing even more penalties.

Under Arizona's DUI laws, it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. But that's just a simple DUI.

In Arizona, a driver can be charged with aggravated DUI -- a felony charge -- if he or she:

5 Things to Know About Ignition Interlock in Arizona

If you have been convicted of drunken driving in Arizona, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car. This is true even for a first-time DUI conviction.

An ignition interlock device is basically a breath analyzing device that's installed directly into the dashboard of your vehicle. Before the vehicle is started, you will be asked to blow into the device. If the device detects alcohol on your breath, the vehicle will not start.

Even after successfully starting your vehicle, you will be asked to blow into the device at random times to ensure your sobriety.

If You Plead Guilty to a DUI, Do You Need a Lawyer?

Let's get one thing straight right off the bat: You don't have to plead guilty to a DUI. But if you know you're going to enter a plea, should you bother hiring a lawyer?

Well, how will you know whether pleading guilty is a good choice? It depends on a lot of factors such as the evidence, the charges, and your past record. And what charge should you plead to?

Any guesses on who can help you analyze that information?

If you a guessed a lawyer, you've probably been reading this blog for a while. But just in case you're not convinced, we've got three things that prove it.

Dram Shop Laws and DUI Liability

In too many DUI cases, someone other than the driver gets hurt or even killed. But under Arizona’s dram shop laws, the driver isn’t the only one responsible.

Criminally speaking, only the driver will face charges. The criminal system generally punishes the person who was involved in the crime, not the person who unknowingly contributed.

But when it comes to a civil case for damages, whether that is hospital bills or wrongful death, the victim and his family can sue the person who sold the alcohol too.

How Social Host Laws Can Hold You Liable

Legally speaking, a social host can be held liable for any injuries a drunken guest causes after driving away from a party. Now doesn't that put a damper on your party plans?

Well it shouldn't. Arizona's laws aren't as strict as social host laws elsewhere in the country. For example, in Arizona you won't be held liable for serving a drunken guest who then hits someone with his car, even if you served him too much or maybe should have taken away his keys.

But there is one specific exception: serving underage guests.