Arizona DUI arrests are down, but why? In 2008, Chandler AZ Police arrested 1,460 people on a DUI charge. In 2009, 1,363 were arrested and in 2010, only 1,206. That same year, Tempe AZ Police arrested 1,998 people on a DUI charge, 1,918 in 2009 and 1,698 in 2010. In Gilbert, DUI arrests peaked in 2009 with 2,221 arrested and then decreased to 2,155 in 2010.
Are these decreases due to Arizona’s stricter DUI laws or are other factors at play? Is it becoming more and more socially unacceptable to drink and drive? Is the public becoming more aware of the dangers associated with drinking and driving? Or are people really sitting back and taking a long look at the strict penalties of DUI laws in Arizona and then making a conscious choice not to drink and drive?
When most individuals are arrested for a DUI they consult with an Arizona DUI attorney like Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys. It is usually during these consultations that individuals first learn of the ramifications of their actions. If this is the case, how can the strict penalties for DUI affect the conscious choice to drive after drinking when they are not even aware of the penalties associated with a DUI in Arizona? Maybe this will have an effect on those individuals who are up on a second charge of DUI in Arizona, but may have little effect on those who have never been arrested. If you think about it, an individual who was arrested and convicted of a DUI in Arizona isn’t really going around telling everyone about his or her conviction and the penalties they face either.
Penalties for a DUI offense in Arizona are harsh and should not be taken lightly. Check out our DUI fact pagefor more information on general Arizona DUI law. Want to know more about the specifics of your case? Contact Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys for a free, DUI consultation. When you hire the Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys, you work directly with experienced Gilbert, AZ DUI attorney, Charlie Naegle. To schedule this free, DUI consultation, call 480-245-5550 or use the contact form below.