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Arizona DUI and DWI



Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are criminal offenses in Arizona. They put you and others at serious risk. And the stakes are high—property damage, injury, and even death. You may face fines, jail, or other punishments. You also may lose your driving privileges. And punishments are even more severe for repeat offenders. An Arizona DWI lawyer can help you mount a strong defense.

What is the Difference between DUI and DWI in Arizona?

DUI and DWI charges are defined as follows in Arizona:

  • DUI stands for "driving under the influence" of alcohol or drugs. No breath test is needed. It deals instead with suspicion of DUI evidenced by driving manner, physical symptoms, and verbal admissions.
  • DWI stands for "driving while intoxicated." It requires a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. The BAC does not need to be at the time of driving. It can be within two hours.
  • Extreme DUI is driving with a BAC of .15 or higher.

Arizona DUI attorneys can help with each of these types of cases.

What Are the New "Extreme DUI" and "Supreme Extreme DUI" Charges?

Arizona now recognizes unique charges for the most serious end of the drunk driving spectrum: "Extreme DUI" and "Super Extreme DUI." The laws were updated in early 2012 to include these offenses. It is crucial to work with a driving under the influence attorney who stays on top of the latest developments in these laws. And since penalties and are so severe, you should not to delay contacting a local DUI attorney.

Learn more about if there is any potential leniency for a first time offense.

Locate a Local DWI Attorney Today

Driving while intoxicated attorneys practicing in Arizona know how to build aggressive defenses for clients charged with DUI or DWI. They may challenge sobriety testing equipment, conditions, and methods. Or they may question law enforcement procedures and policies. The goal is to defend your driving privileges; driving, criminal, and employment records; and personal liberties. Call now to speak with a local driving while intoxicated lawyer in Arizona at 877-913-7222.