How To Not Get A DUI In Arizona
How To Not Get A DUI In Arizona

How To Not Get A DUI In Arizona

March 3, 2023

Nobody wants to get a DUI, so that’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to help you stay under the 0.08% BAC limit and not get DUI in Arizona. 

Look, we’re not here to judge, we just want everyone to be safe and happy out on those trails!

In this guide, we cover:

  • How to stay responsible while on the road in Arizona and avoid a DUI charge
  • What is an extreme DUI in Arizona. No, it’s not exactly driving your UTV under the influence (but it could be)!
  • Blood alcohol concentration limits for Arizona

And more! Maybe you already got a DUI in Arizona and you’re reading this, and that’s okay—what we want is for you to be your best self and stay out of trouble in the process. 

So let’s start off by defining an extreme DUI and what that entails:

What Is An Extreme DUI In Arizona?

Did I initially think that an extreme DUI was driving drunk while riding my dirtbike? Maybe. 

But that’s not actually what it is. According to ADOT, an extreme DUI applies to any person driving with a BAC level of 0.15 or higher. These are the charges you don’t want to catch because the consequences are gnarlier than just a regular DUI (which you also don’t want).

What are the consequences of an Extreme DUI in Arizona?

It’s important to know what the consequences of an extreme DUI are to help keep prevent you from making dumb choices.

In Arizona, an extreme DUI will land you 30 days (minimum) jail time, and fines of no less than $2500.

What Are Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits?

The Cleveland Clinic states that for most states (including Arizona), the line for illegal operation of a vehicle stands at 0.08% BAC. 

In Arizona, if you’re driving a commercial vehicle you are allowed to have under 0.04% BAC 

What Are The BAC limits in Arizona for regular DUI, Extreme DUI, and Super Extreme DUI?

Think of it in tiers–the less extreme the DUI, the more leniant the consequences.

As far as my research shows, a regular DUI is when your blood alcohol content exceeds 0.08% and an extreme DUI is if you’re BAC is 0.15%  or higher.

Some law firms in Arizona state that there’s also an additional charge called a super extreme DUI if you’re BAC exceeds .20%, but I’m not seeing anything about that on ADOT

The bottom line, though, is just don’t drink and drive people. It’s pretty simple!

What Are The Differences In Penalties For Each Level of DUI Offense?

To shortly summarize, let’s remember that there are two different initial offenses for DUI in Arizona according to ADOT:


When your BAC exceeds 0.08%.

Extreme DUI

When your BAC exceeds 0.15% (no, it’s not driving your UTV while tipsy!).

What Are The Consequences of an Extreme DUI in Arizona?

Newton’s Third Law says that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This same rule especially applies to driving drunk in Arizona.

Aside from the interlock ignition device which is required to be used after every DUI offense, here are the consequences you’ll face for driving tipsy in Arizona according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety:

First Offense

Between 24 hrs-10 days jail time, $250 base fine, 90 days to 1 year of license suspension.

Second Offense

Between 30-90 days jail time, $500 base fine, and 1 year of license suspension.

Third Offense

Minimum 4 months in jail, $750 base fine, and 1 year of license suspension.

Criminal penalties, including fines, jail time, and mandatory alcohol treatment

Getting caught up in the law isn’t fun for anybody, so doesn’t it seem reasonable to avoid being charged with a DUI in Arizona at all costs?

Driver’s license suspension and vehicle impoundment

Aside from the hefty fines of thousands of dollars, perhaps the worst part about getting a DUI is that your driver’s license gets suspended and your vehicle gets impounded. 

Increased insurance rates and potential loss of employment

Let’s be honest, getting a DUI is a tough charge because it deprives you of a critical survival factor: you vehicle. 

Not to mention that your rates for insurance will skyrocket once they find out you are driving around tipsy. 

Certified Ignition Interlock Device

Don’t forget about that annoying breathalyzer device that hook up to your car’s ignition and makes you blow into it every time you want to drive around. 

And yes, in many cases the state of Arizona requires DUI offenders to use a certified ignition interlock device while driving to prevent irresponsible drivers from getting into trouble all over again.

In any case, if you have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle you’ll need to blow below 0.02% BAC before your vehicle will start.

Defenses to an Extreme DUI Charge

Legal advice is sometimes necessary when defending yourself in an extreme DUI case.

I’m not going to go in-depth because I’m not an Arizona lawyer, but I can tell you that you’re probably going to need a lawyer if you get a DUI to help prevent charges.Extreme DUI Arizona

Challenging the legality of the traffic stop or arrest

It’s completely rational sometimes to think that you were pulled over without reasonable cause or are somehow not in the wrong.

If this really is the case, you do have the right to challenge the case in court.

Questioning the accuracy of the BAC test results

Hm, questioning the accuracy of a BAC test is something that you can most definitely do, but it’s probably not going to do you any good in many cases.

Arguing for reduced charges or alternative sentencing options, however, may help you to get your license back faster and cut a better deal with the judge.

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Final Thoughts Concerning Extreme DUI Cases in Arizona

I know firsthand that abusing alcohol destroys families and relationships, so I would advise anyone suffering from alcohol abuse to get help in one form or another. 

On the other hand, drinking responsibly does take the edge off of life (if you can handle it), and it’s easy to be in control with a little bit of discipline.

I wish you all the best in your endeavors, and by golly, please go to the dunes with your buddies, build a fire, and enjoy your life.

Please, Rally Responsibly!

So there it is! We encourage you to always make the most responsible decisions when having a great time. Remember, nobody is perfect, accidents do happen, and the best way to do things from the road to the dunes is the responsible way!

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