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Arizona: Getting A DUI Without Being Drunk

Arizona’s DUI laws are among the strictest in the United States. In Arizona, there are two main ways to be charged with a DUI based on alcohol use:

  1. Drive when you have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or more, or
  2. Drive while impaired due to alcohol consumption.

Being impaired is a low standard to meet. You can be impaired by any amount of alcohol. If law enforcement believes your alcohol consumption, no matter how little, has impacted your ability to safely operate a vehicle, you can be charged with a DUI.

Therefore, it is possible to get a DUI if you have a BAC of 0.01! If the slightest bit of alcohol causes you to drive too fast, too slow, weave between lanes, or drive erratically, you can be charged with a DUI.

This does not mean, however, that everyone who drinks and drives with a BAC of less than 0.08 is at risk of getting a DUI. It’s only if your drinking impairs your driving ability that you should be concerned that you could get a DUI with a BAC that is less than 0.08.

The potential consequences in Arizona are exactly the same if you get a DUI being impaired with a BAC of 0.01 as having a BAC up to 0.14. You could spend the same amount of time in jail, pay the same fines, be required to have an ignition interlock device, and have your license suspended.

The best way to avoid this possibility is to not consume any alcohol before driving. If you’re going to drink, use a designated driver who is not drinking at all that night.

If you have been arrested for DUI, contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

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