When compared to previous years, the total number of
DUI arrests in the state of Arizona has made a definite decline in 2015. According
to a report just released from the Arizona Governor’s Office of
Highway Safety, 24,674 DUI arrests have been made from January 1st of this year through December 27th. This is significantly lower than the arrests made over the 3 previous years:
- 2014 – 29,250 arrests
- 2013 – 31,891 arrests
- 2012 – 32,174 arrests.
Not only were overall DUI arrests down, but those for alleged extreme DUI
also dropped significantly from 8,414 in 2014 to 6,742 so far in 2015.
An extreme DUI is one in which the blood alcohol concentration is at .15
While overall arrests were definitely down, there is some concern with
the fact that the average known BAC levels rose from .152 in 2014 to .158
These statistics were just released and there has been very little commentary
regarding the obvious decrease in arrests. The state of Arizona has been
known for many years now to have a very harsh DUI policy. Laws are tough
and punishment for a DUI conviction is heavy.
In Arizona, there are specific laws and punishments for those who are arrested
and convicted of
Extreme DUI or
Super Extreme DUI. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration or BAC in Arizona to
operate a motor vehicle is .08%. An Extreme DUI is one where the driver
had a BAC of .15 or higher. A Super Extreme DUI is one where a BAC of
.20 is found.
The court and the prosecution are very aggressive for both extreme and
super extreme DUI’s. Potential penalties include the following:
Driver’s license suspended for at least 1 year
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Over $3000 in fines and fees
- Up to 5 years on probation
- 30 hours of community service or more
- Ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle
- Court ordered participation and completion of drug/alcohol treatment
Are these new numbers released by the Arizona Governor’s Office of
Highway Safety an indication that our state’s harsh stance against
DUI is working? Is the message getting through to the public resulting
in fewer DUI arrests?
It’s important to keep in mind that not every DUI arrest will automatically
result in a conviction. If you are facing DUI charges, it’s crucial
that you get in touch with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible.
Attorney Charlie Naegle has handled hundreds of DUI cases before and can help you successfully
beat your DUI charges.
Call Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys today at 480-378-9000.