If you are convicted for DUI in the state of Arizona, you will go to jail. Jail time is mandatory based on the laws of the state. How much time you spend in jail depends on the circumstances surrounding your case. The amount of alcohol you’ve consumed and whether it’s your first offense or not may make a difference.
For example, the minimum punishment for your first misdemeanor or “regular” DUI conviction is 10 days. 9 of those 10 days can be suspended if you willingly complete mandatory alcohol classes. Along with jail time, there is also a minimum fine of $1800. Keep in mind that other circumstances surrounding the case may increase both the time spent in jail and the fine.
By law, the maximum time you can spend in jail for a first time, misdemeanor DUI conviction is 6 months. Additionally, your driver’s license will be suspended for at least 90 days by the MVD and you’ll be required to attend a one-day traffic survival school before you can get it back.
Extreme DUI convictions carry a much stronger punishment and longer jail time. The law requires at least 30 days in jail for those convicted of Extreme DUI. Depending on the court and the judge, up to 21 of those days may be suspended if the person convicted installs an ignition interlock device on their car. There are also options for “home detention” for part of the jail sentence. This is just one reason why it’s so important to have an experienced attorney working for you as you go through the sentencing stage.
For those who are convicted of “Super Extreme” DUI’s or are convicted within 7 years of a previous DUI conviction, the jail time goes up to as much as 90 days. There are also corresponding fines and driver’s license suspensions that go along with the time in jail.
We cannot stress enough the importance of speaking with a DUI attorney as soon as possible when faced with DUI charges. Mesa, AZ attorney Charlie Naegle is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to handling DUI charges. Give us a call today to set up your free consultation.