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What is the consequence for a DUI?
A DUI is defined as driving 'while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, a vapor releasing substance if the person is impaired to the slightest degree.' (ARS 28-1381)
If it is your first DUI violation and your Blood Alcohol Content is above .10 but below .18, you will have to serve ten days in jail, pay a fine of at least two hundred fifty dollars, and you may also be ordered to perform community service.
However, if it is your first offense and your Blood Alcohol Content is .18 or higher then you are guilty of an 'Extreme DUI'. (28-1382) Penalties for this are at least thirty days in jail, a fine of at least two hundred fifty dollars, an additional assessment of two hundred fifty dollars, you may have to perform community service, and you may be ordered by a court to equip your vehicle with an ignition interlock device (prevents your car from starting unless you pass a breathalyzer) for at least one year.
The penalties are even stiffer for repeat offenders. Penalties for repeat offenders include higher fines, more time in jail, and loss of driving privledges for at least a year.
To read more about Arizona Drunk Driving laws, visit the Laws section of LawForKids.org.