Arizona DUI Laws: Penalties for driving under the influence in Arizona

Posted at 9:03 AM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 13:39:45-04

Do you know the consequences if you get arrested for driving under the influence in Arizona?

Driving a vehicle in Arizona is a privilege and when you put others at risk, you can lose your driving privileges. 

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In Arizona, you will receive a DUI if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is above .08%. If you're a commercial driver, you can be charged with DUI if your BAC is above .04%. If you're under 21 with any alcohol in your system, you can be charged with a DUI.

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First offense: 

Jail: 24 hours to 10 days

Fines: $250 base fine

License suspension: 90 to 360 days

Second offense:

Jail: 30 days to 90 days

Fines: $500 base fine

License suspension: One year

Third offense:

Jail: Minimum four months

Fines: $750 base fine

License suspension: One year

If you are arrested for extreme DUI (0.15% BAC), you will be jailed for at least 30 days and will have to pay at least $2,500.


If you get arrested for DUI, you are required to install an ignition interlock device for your vehicle. 

The device requires the driver to blow into the device before attempting to turn on the vehicle. If the driver’s alcohol level is above a designated limit, the car will not start. 

The Arizona Department of Transportation has more information about the device and where to get them installed.


Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Never take a risk by getting behind the wheel when you have had a few drinks. How much is too much? DPS has provided a table that shows the effects of alcohol on your body.

If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs, there are several programs you can take advantage of. Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings around Arizona and a list of their locations can be found here.

If you would like to meet with a substance abuse counselor, you can search the State of Arizona database for a counselor here.