Felony: Driving Under the Influence

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03 Nov Felony: Driving Under the Influence

Arizona takes driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol very seriously. The crime is a serious one with extremely dangerous and deadly outcomes on a regular basis. While the specific penalties will depend on your history, there are harsh punishments that you will face. If you find yourself being charged with a DUI in Arizona, contact Coolidge Law today. We are your criminal defense specialist serving Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale and surrounding areas.  

What is a DUI?

A DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, or it can be called a DWI, Driving While Intoxicated. The determination of whether you drove under the influence is through your blood alcohol concentration (BAC).


Based on the BAC when you are pulled over, there are levels of DUI in Arizona that are considered and play a factor into the penalties you receive.

  • Standard DUI: This is classified as driving a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or more, 0.04% or more if driving a commercial vehicle, and any percent if younger than 21 years old.
  • Extreme DUI: Classified as driving with a BAC of 0.15% or higher.
  • Aggravated DUI: Classified when the DUI is committed when your driver’s license is suspended, revoked, or cancelled, if it is your 3rd offense within 84 months or if the crime is committed with a passenger 15 years old or younger.


The higher the blood alcohol concentration, the harsher the penalties will be.


When stopped on suspicion of a DUI, if you fail or refuse to take a test, your driver’s license will be suspended immediately by the DMV for 12-24 months. The penalties range from the least charge in a first initial standard DUI of ten days jail time with an over $1,000 fine, to aggravated DUI consequences of two years in prison and an over a $3,000 fine. Punishments range between those two depending on your history.

If you are faced with felony DUI charges in Arizona, contact Coolidge Law today for the best defense of your case.

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