OTHER PENALTIES AND FINES FOR STANDARD DUI IN ARIZONA
There are many other consequences to a DUI conviction in Arizona than the standard penalties described above.
Additional DUI Penalties in Arizona Include:
- If you are arrested for Extreme or Super Extreme DUI, your car will automatically be impounded for 30 days. You will need to pay a storage fee of $15 per day as well as an administrative fee of $150 to retrieve your vehicle within 10 days of your vehicle becoming eligible for release, or the storage lot may file for title to your vehicle.
- Most defendants convicted of DUI are ordered to complete at least 30 hours of community service.
- Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling, such as Alcoholics Anonymous
- The defendant may need to complete between 8-30+ hours of defensive driving school, the cost of which starts in the low hundreds of dollars.
- The driver may be required to maintain SR-22, or high risk, insurance coverage for up to 3 years. Drivers switching to SR-22 coverage can expect their rates to at least double.
- If your DUI arrest stemmed from you causing an accident, you may be required to pay the victims restitution before your driving privileges can be restored.
JUST GOT YOUR FIRST DUI IN ARIZONA?
Here’s what to expect:
When you are arrested for DUI, you will be taken to the police station for blood or urine testing. You may or may not be allowed to have someone come pick you up afterwards, depending on the severity of your situation.
Your license will automatically be suspended, and you will have 15 days to request a hearing at the MVD to challenge that suspension. A public defender won’t represent you in this hearing, but a private criminal defense attorney may.
Before your arraignment, your attorney should already be negotiating for a plea bargain if that is your case strategy. You can expect more communication and time spent negotiating from a private defense attorney as opposed to a public defender, who is likely to be inexperienced with a heavy caseload.
After a DUI arrest, you should speak to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to begin preserving evidence in your defense and to prevent yourself from taking any actions that could damage your case.
Defendants represented by private attorneys tend to have the best outcome in their DUI cases. While a considerable expense for most, the long-term savings of reduced penalties can be far greater. To make hiring a private attorney more affordable for everyone, our Arizona DUI attorneys offer free initial consultations, as well as competitive rates and payment plan options. See what our experienced DUI attorneys can do for you with your free consultation today!