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547 Arizona DUI Arrests over Memorial Day Weekend

According to reports, 547 people were arrested for suspicion of DUI in Arizona over Memorial Day weekend.  The Arizona DUI Task Force’s team of over 1,800 law enforcement officers stopped drivers at DUI checkpoints to check for intoxication throughout the State.

The Arizona DUI laws state that a person can be charged and convicted of DUI if their driving is impaired by any amount of alcohol of drugs. Over Memorial Day weekend, 148 drivers were arrested for suspicion of extreme DUI, which means their blood-alcohol content was 0.15% or more. Arizona has mandatory sentences for DUI convictions. If any of these 148 people are found guilty of extreme DUI, they will face the following minimum penalties.

  • 30 days to 6 months in jail
  • 30 day vehicle impoundment
  • 12 to 18 months ignition interlock device in vehicle
  • Up to $2,500 in fines (plus surcharges)
  • 90 days minimum driver’s license suspension
  • Alcohol or drug screening and counseling
  • Community service
  • 5 years of probation

If their blood-alcohol content is above 0.20%, they will face super extreme DUI charges, which come with harsher penalties. If they have previous DUIs on their records, the consequences could be more severe. If any of the drivers are convicted of 3 DUIs in the last 84 months, they could be charged with aggravated DUI.

The 2012 Memorial Day DUI arrests were a decrease compared to recent years. In 2011, 614 people were arrested for DUI in Arizona, 183 of which were extreme DUI arrests. In 2010, 849 people were arrested for suspicion of DUI, and 216 of those people were arrested for extreme DUI.

If you are arrested for DUI, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced Arizona DUI attorney as soon as possible to serve as your advocate. If you have been arrested for DUI, please contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

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