It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to get nabbed for drunken driving.
The increased traffic enforcement across the state netted a record number of DUI arrests this holiday season, according to The Arizona Republic. Officers arrested 4,371 people statewide on suspicion of DUI between Nov. 24 and Jan 1. The figure represents a marked uptick from 2010′s 3,880 arrests and 2011′s 4,058 arrests.
In all, 81,934 total people were stopped and 34,974 non-DUI citations were issued.
According to authorities, 1,098 people were arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI, 450 on suspicion of aggravated DUI, and 934 on suspicion of drugged driving. The average blood-alcohol content of those arrested was 0.15 percent. That’s nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
If you are facing DUI charges in Arizona you should consult with Charlie Naegle a criminal defense attorney to discuss your matter and defense options for legal representation. There may be defenses you are not aware of that apply to your case. If your constitutional rights have been violated, and it is material to your charges. This can result in suppression of evidence, and lead to case dismissal. Call now to schedule your free consultation at 480-245-5550.