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Arizona D.U.I. Laws (Drunk and Drugged Drivers)

Arizona, as well as the rest of the 50 states in the United States, and Puerto Rico, now apply two statutory offenses to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Arizona D.U.I. LawsThe first and original offense is known as driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated/impaired (DWI), or operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated/impaired (OWI). This offense is based on the police officer’s observations of the driving behavior, slurred speech, results of a roadside sobriety test, and so on.

The second offense is called “illegal per se”, which is driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 g/dL or higher. Since 2002, it has been illegal in all 50 states to drive with a BAC that is 0.08 or higher. Drivers are considered to be alcohol-impaired when their BAC is .08 or higher.

In accordance with A.R.S. § 28-1381, it is unlawful for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle in the State of Arizona under any of the following circumstances:

  1. While under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, or  vapor releasing substance containing a toxic substance or any combination of liquor, drugs or vapor releasing substances if the person is impaired to the slightest degree.
  2. If the person has an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more within two hours of driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle and the alcohol concentration results from alcohol consumed either before or while driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle.
  3. While there is any drug defined in A.R.S. § 13-3401 or its metabolite in the person’s body.
  4. If the vehicle is a commercial motor vehicle that requires a person to obtain a commercial driver license as defined in A.R.S. §  28-3001 and the person has an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more.

In accordance with A.R.S. § 28-1382, it is unlawful for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle in the State of Arizona if the person has an alcohol concentration 0.15 or more within two hours of driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle and the alcohol concentration results from alcohol consumed either before or while driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle. A person who is convicted of a violation of A.R.S. § 28-1382 is guilty of driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the extreme influence of intoxicating liquor.

If you were injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by a drunk driver in Arizona, or if a loved one has died because of a drunk driver, Mueller Law Group will help you get justice. We represent the victims and families of those who have been injured or killed by a drunk driver. Having our attorneys’ extensive legal knowledge and experience on your side is just one of the many reasons why you will benefit from contacting us. So, when you go up against the insurance company, “put our experts on your side!” TM

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