DWI & DUI Laws in Phoenix, AZ
Title 28 of the Arizona Revised Statutes governs all transportation-related legislation in Arizona. Operating a vehicle “under the influence” or “over the legal limit” are both grounds for a DUI charge - in fact, you can be charged with DUI if you are “impaired to the slightest degree” under Arizona Revised Statutes (see ARS 28-1381(A)(1)).
The primary Arizona code for driving under the influence is ARS 28-1381 (A)(2). Other DUI statutes include:
There are separate statutes and penalties for drivers who operate commercial vehicles. Arizona takes DUI laws very seriously for Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holders. If you hold a CDL and receive a DUI, you will face Revocation of your CDL (Class A, B, C) for a minimum of one year. You are also required to notify your employer within 30 days under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.
A DUI in Arizona is measured by your blood alcohol content (BAC):
- Regular DUI: 0.08%;
- Extreme DUI: 0.15%;
- Super-Extreme DUI: 0.20%.
Higher BACs result in stiffer penalties.