Serving Jail Time for DUI

If you are convicted of DUI in Arizona, you will be required to serve mandatory jail time. These are minimum amounts of time you will serve, depending on the charge:

In most instances, you will not be taken directly from the courtroom to jail following your conviction. You will be required to self-surrender at a designated time and date provided by the judge.

Where Do I Self-Surrender?
In Maricopa County, all self-surrenders must report to Lower Buckeye Jail, located at 3250 West Lower Buckeye Road, in Phoenix. This is also referred to as “Tent City.” You will stay in outdoor military-style tents with metal frame bunk beds and concrete floors. The jail accepts people who self-surrender seven days a week between 6 am and midnight.

Can I Park my Car There?
Yes. There is a separate fenced parking lot marked “Self Surrender Only.”

What If I’m Late for my Self-Surrender Time?
You must self-surrender at the designated time and date. If you are late for your time, you will be refused entrance. If that occurs, you must return to court to receive an amended order of confinement.

Can I Serve my Time Early?
No. You will not be accepted into jail before your designated reporting time and date.

What Can I Bring With Me?
When you report to jail, you must bring the following things with you.

  • Your Confinement Order,
  • A government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license,
  • Your completed Medical Receiving Screening Questionnaire,
  • Any prescription medications you are taking in the original pharmacy container with your name on it, and
  • Any necessary medical devices, such as prosthetics, cane, or eyeglasses.

If you are incarcerated for five days or less, you may keep your prescription medication with you in your locker. You may purchase a padlock for it from a vending machine. You may not bring a padlock from outside. If you incarcerated for six days or more, the jail will administer your medication to you.

You may wear contact lenses to jail; however, you must purchase contact solution from the vending machine in jail. You may not bring your own.

Do I Have to Stay in the Tents?
Most likely. Only people who have healthcare problems may be exempt from being housed in the tents. This includes people who are in poor health, have an acute or chronic condition, are pregnant, require complex wound care, are experiencing alcohol or drug withdrawal, have a cast or prosthetic on a limb, cannot bear weight on their lower legs, or require a wheelchair, walker, cane, or other special medical equipment. If you have a medical condition, you may be housed in the infirmary instead of the tents.

Can I Ask the Judge to Delay my Report Time until After Summer?
Yes. However, the judge may decline your request.

Do I Have the Option to be Under House Arrest?
Maybe. The city where you were convicted may give you the option to be under house arrest instead of being incarcerated. It is currently an option in Phoenix, Surprise, Glendale, Peoria, and Goodyear.

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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