You Can Face Arizona DUI Or DWI Arrest In The Daytime, Too

When you think of drunk driving arrest, you probably imagine a nighttime scene on the side of a highway. But more and more daytime Arizona DUI charges are filed with each passing year. Law enforcement officers sometimes set up sobriety checkpoints to screen drivers for daytime drunk driving. Today’s officers also pay closer attention to potential for daytime DUI or DWI, than in the past.

Worse, daytime offenses for driving under the influence often involve more catastrophic accidents and outcomes. More people are on the streets or in vehicles during daytime hours. This potential for greater devastation in the daytime means more law enforcement are making daytime stops to catch DUI and DWI offenders before anyone gets hurt.

Rush Hour Is Prime Time for DUIs

Every day at rush hour times, both in morning and evening, so many cars are on the roads that one faulty choice behind the wheel provides potential for deadly outcome and multi-vehicle accidents. Many people consider these timeframes safe from problems like DUI drivers. Drunk drivers often make the mistake of assuming they drive better in daylight and will not get pulled over by police. But those are not correct assumptions.

Daytime periods offer higher chance of deadly Arizona DUI accidents for many reasons. These include traffic volume, more people in each vehicle as part of carpools or family transportation, children in many vehicles and more pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists on the roads. Several highly catastrophic school bus accidents have occurred recently in the U.S. and Canada, with daytime drunk driving making these types of wrecks much more likely. Getting injured victims to the hospital in good time also becomes more difficult because of the quantity of cars on the roads, causing traffic jams and extended travel times.Bottom of Form

A study recently conducted by the University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center revealed daytime DUI violations and accidents keep rising, year after year. With increased injuries and fatalities of DUI accidents in the daytime, law enforcement personnel increasingly look for potential DUI and DWI offenders in daylight hours.

Possible Penalties for Your Daytime DUI or DWI Offense

Being charged with DUI or DWI in the daytime does not differ from the penalties involved in nighttime DUI. You risk just as much for drinking and driving in daytime, as you do for other times of day.

For your first offense of DUI in Arizona, the penalties include:

  • 24 hours to 10 days in jail
  • $250 base fine
  • License suspension for 90 to 360 days
  • Required installation of an ignition interlock device

For your second offense of Arizona DUI within 84 months, the penalties include:

  • 30 to 90 days in jail
  • $500 base fine
  • License suspension for one year
  • Required installation of an ignition interlock device

For your third offense of Arizona DUI within 84 months, the penalties include:

  • Minimum four months in jail
  • $750 base fine
  • License suspension for one year
  • Required installation of an ignition interlock device

Of course, being charged with Extreme DUI or Super Extreme DUI in Arizona brings even more significant penalties. Extreme DUI results from driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15% or greater within two hours of driving. Super Extreme DUI results when you drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20% or greater within two hours of driving. Extreme DUI brings 10 times more jail time than a first-time DUI conviction. A Super Extreme DUI brings 45 times more jail time than a first offense DUI. These offenses also carry more significant financial and driving privilege penalties.

You Need Skilled Criminal Defense for Your DUI or DWI Charges

If you recently experienced a DUI or DWI charge, you need the immediate help of a skilled DUI and DWI criminal defense lawyer. A criminal defense attorney in Phoenix skilled in DUI and DWI criminal defense works hard to keep your future from derailing because of your criminal charges.

You have much to lose as part of your drunk driving or “under actual physical control” case. You lose financially, socially, occupationally, in your relationships and even in your freedoms if you gain conviction on your DUI-related charges. So do not wait to retain the criminal defense lawyer you need for the best possible outcome to your case.

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