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Tucson DUI Penalties

Arizona DUI Penalties


"Simple" Misdemeanor DUI 1st Offense

Minimum Penalties

  • 24 hours in jail (10 days in jail with 9 suspended)
  • $1,530 fines and assessments
  • Alcohol and drug evaluation fee and counseling
  • MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • 90 day license suspension
  • Ignition Interlock Device
  • Jail & court fees

The statute calls for 10 days in jail with up to 9 days being suspended if a defendant completes a court ordered alcohol or other drug screening, education or treatment program. A.R.S. §28-1381(I)(1) ; A.R.S. §28-1381(J).  A defendant must serve 1 day in jail first.  The suspended days to be served if a defendant fails to complete the alcohol education or treatment program.

If the court orders more than one day to be served, the defendant may be eligible for home detention after serving one day in jail. A.R.S. §11-459.

In order to reinstate at the end of the suspension, MVD demands a driver do alcohol screening and pay a reinstatement fee.

Some driver's may be eligible for early termination of the ignition interlock requirement after 6 months if he or she has successfully completed an alcohol education program.

Extreme Misdemeanor DUI 1st Offense

Minimum Penalties

  • 30 days jail (but 21 days may be suspended if ignition interlock is installed on vehicle for 12 months)
  • $2,710 fines and assessments
  • Jail fees
  • Alcohol and drug evaluation & counseling
  • MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • 90 day license suspension
  • Ignition interlock (one year beginning upon date license is reinstated)

A defendant may be eligible for Continuous Alcohol Monitoring  or Home Detention after serving the first 20% of a sentence, if the jurisdiction has established or adopted such programs. The City of Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, and Pima County have established a home detention programs. 

Super Extreme Misdemeanor DUI 1st Offense

Minimum Penalties

  • 45 days jail (but 31 days may be suspended if ignition interlock is installed on vehicle for 12 months)
  • $3,218 fines and assessments
  • Jail fees
  • Alcohol and drug evaluation & counseling
  • MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • 90 day license suspension
  • Ignition interlock (18 months beginning upon date license is reinstated)

The statute calls for 45 days in jail, but provides that 31 days may be suspended if a defendant installs an ignition interlock device on a vehicle for 12 months.

A defendant may be eligible for Continuous Alcohol Monitoring  or Home Detention after serving the first 20% of a sentence, if the jurisdiction has established or adopted such programs. The City of Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, and Pima County have established a home detention programs. 

"Regular" Misdemeanor DUI 2nd Offense

Minimum Penalties

  • 30 days jail (90 days jail with 60 suspended)
  • $3,468 fines and assessments
  • Jail fees
  • Alcohol and drug evaluation & counseling
  • MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • License revocation (one year)
  • Ignition interlock

A defendant may be eligible for Continuous Alcohol Monitoring  or Home Detention after serving the first 20% of a sentence, if the jurisdiction has established or adopted such programs. The City of Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, and Pima County have established a home detention programs. 

Extreme Misdemeanor DUI 2nd Offense

Minimum Penalties

  • 120 days jail
  • $3,718 fines and assessments
  • Jail fees
  • Alcohol and drug evaluation & counseling
  • MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • License revocation (one year)
  • Ignition interlock (one year beginning upon date license is reinstated)

A defendant may be eligible for Continuous Alcohol Monitoring  or Home Detention after serving the first 20% of a sentence, if the jurisdiction has established or adopted such programs. The City of Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, and Pima County have established a home detention programs. 

Super Extreme Misdemeanor DUI 2nd Offense

Minimum Penalties

  • 180 days jail (at least 90 of which must be served consecutively, but must serve the entire sentence)
  • $3,670 fines and assessments
  • Jail fees
  • Alcohol and drug evaluation & counseling
  • MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • License revocation (one year)
  • Ignition interlock (two years beginning upon date license is reinstated)

A defendant may be eligible for Continuous Alcohol Monitoring  or Home Detention after serving the first 20% of a sentence, if the jurisdiction has established or adopted such programs. The City of Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, and Pima County have established a home detention programs. 

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