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If you’ve been charged with a DUI offense here in Arizona you will need an experienced DUI attorney to fight to protect your rights. Driving under the influence (DUI/DWI) is a mandatory jail offense in Arizona.

Our state has some of the most strict and punishing laws in the nation. Even for first time offenders, a conviction carries a mandatory jail sentence, a driver’s license suspension, fines, and in alcohol related cases a requirement to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

Repeat offenders can also face felony charges, which may include mandatory prison time. Hiring an experienced DUI defense team can make all the difference in your case. The trial lawyers at The Law Offices of Robert Arentz average over 35 years of DUI defense experience. With affordable flat fees and payment arrangements available, we can help you today.




We have been successfully defending individuals charged with DUI in Arizona for over 30 years.

Types of DUI Offenses in Arizona

Arizona has both misdemeanor and felony DUI offenses, with the penalties ranging from a minimum of 24 hours in jail for some misdemeanor offenses to years of prison time for felony offenses. In addition to jail or prison time, a DUI conviction can have serious professional and financial implications.With mandatory fines and surcharges, jail costs, increased auto insurance premiums and high risk insurance, the cost of even a first offense DUI can exceed $10,000.00.

Hiring the right attorney, with decades of experience, can help you avoid these consequences. Over the past 35 years our lawyers have used multiple defenses to help our clients beat DUI charges. Contact our DUI defense team right now to begin the defense of your case today. best dui lawyer in phoenix how to beat a dui in arizona

First Offense DUI
*A maximum of 6 months in jail

*Mandatory Minimum of 10 days in jail (9 days may be suspended)

*mandatory alcohol screening & recommended classes

*minimum fine & surcharge of approximately $1,537.00

*1 year Ignition Interlock Device in your vehicle for a minimum of 1 year

*90 day License Suspension By the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)


Second Offense DUI
*A maximum of 6 months in jail

*Mandatory Minimum 90 days in jail (60 days may be suspended)

*minimum fine & surcharge of approximately $3,500.00

* 30 hours community service

*Ignition Interlock Device in your vehicle for a minimum of 1 year

* Requirement for SR22 Insurance Policy for 3 years

*1 year driver’s license suspension by ADOT

* Ignition Interlock device installed for 18 months

* Sr22 insurance for 3 years

2nd Offense Extreme DUI Penalties (28-1382A1) (2nd DUI within 7 Years of 1st conviction)
*A maximum of 6 months in jail

*Mandatory Minimum of 120 days in Jail

* One Year License Suspension

*Drug & alcohol screening before alcohol education enrollment

* Alcohol education course

* 30 days community service

* Ignition Interlock Device Installed for 18 months

* SR 22 Insurance for 3 years

DUI Drugs/ Marijuana DUI (28-1381A3)
It is illegal to drive in Arizona with a metabolite of illegal or illicit drugs in a person’s body. Illegal drugs are common drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin etc., that are illegal for everyone to use. Illicit drugs are a legal prescription drug that is possessed or used by someone who does not have a valid prescription to consume or possess those drugs. Even if you are driving with a prescribed medication in your body you may still be charged with a DUI drugs. However, the fact that you have a valid prescription can be used as an affirmative defense. This also holds true for someone with a medical marijuana card that has marijuana in their system. The penalties for a DUI drug conviction are the same as a DUI alcohol conviction.
AGGRAVATED DUI While A Child Under The Age Of 15 As A Passenger (F6)-28-1383(A)(3)
While still a felony, this offense is not as serious as the standard class 4 felony. The state must prove that you had a passenger under the age of 15 in the vehicle, and that you were impaired by alcohol while driving or had a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or above within two hours of driving. There are multiple defenses to this offense. Listed below are the penalties involved.


*Presumptive sentence is 1 year in prison, although not mandatory. The usual range of sentence can range anywhere from 1 day to 90 days in jail, depending on the blood alcohol content at the time of the arrest. The jail time on this offense can mirror those of the penalties under the misdemeanor statutes.

*license revocation of 3 years

*1 year ignition interlock device

*Felony Probation

*Substance abuse screening

* Loss of Voting & Gun Rights (on any felony conviction)

Super Extreme DUI-BAC .20% or Above (28-1382A2)
If you are cited with a super extreme dui, your BAC was .20% or above within 2 hours of driving. The penalties for this offense are listed below:



*Up to 6 months in jail

*Mandatory Minimum of 45 days in jail

*Minimum Fines of $2,750.00

*Mandatory alcohol classes

* Ignition Interlock Device Installed in your vehicle for a minimum of 18 months

* Judge can order that you not consume alcohol for a period of ninety days, including the requirement to wear a continuous alcohol monitoring device on your ankle.

*90 day license suspension

SECOND OFFENSE SUPER EXTREME DUI PENALTIES: (28-1382A2) (2nd Offense DUI within 7 years)

*Mandatory minimum of 180 days in jail (no days can be suspended)

*Fines & surcharges of approximately $4,649.00

*Mandatory alcohol classes(36 class minimum)

*1 year license suspension

*SR22 Insurance requirement

*30 hours of community service

*2 years requirement for an ignition interlock device attached to your steering wheel



Felony DUI/Aggravated DUI Offenses (28-1383)
Aggravated DUI under this section refers to any one of three ways an individual can be charged with a felony DUI in Arizona. A DUI that constitutes a third offense within a seven-year time frame, or an individual driving under the influence without a valid driver’s license, are both class 4 felonies. Having a child under the age of 15 in the car as a passenger is a class 6 felony. Arizona has the toughest penalties in the country for Aggravated DUI. Listed below are the penalties for these offenses.

PENALTIES FOR 1st OFFENSE AGGRAVATED DUI (F4): 28-1383(A)(1) & 28-1383 (A)(2)

*A mandatory minimum of 4 months in prison (Presumptive sentence is 2.5 years)

*Supervised probation once released from prison

*Substance abuse screening and 36 classes

*Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device for 2 years

*Revocation of driving privilege

*Loss of Voting & Gun Rights (on any Felony conviction)


*Mandatory minimum of 2.5 years in prison, with a maximum of 7.5 years

*3 year license revocation

*ignition interlock device for 2 years

*SR22 Insurance

*Substance abuse screening



What Happens If You Are Charged With A DUI?

In many cases, arresting agencies in Arizona will cite and release someone when they are charged with a misdemeanor DUI. In most cases, a citation listing pending charges is issued, along with a date to appear in court. Additional paperwork regarding blood or breath test rights, vehicle impoundment information and information regarding their driving privilege may also be given.

For felony DUI cases, law enforcement normally takes the accused into custody, where they are then scheduled for an initial appearance before a judge within 24 hours of the arrest. At the initial appearance, the judge will review the pending charges, and will issue the conditions of release, which may include a bond or other conditions.


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Why You Should Call Now?

If you or a loved one are charged with a criminal offense in Arizona, it’s natural to have a feeling of desperation, of being scared and helpless. A criminal conviction can have life-lasting consequences, so don’t face the weight of the government alone. There’s a lot that the right attorney can do to help you.

With decades of experience to guide you through the process, our criminal defense attorneys will analyze every aspect of your case and defend you in a vigorous and aggressive manner to achieve the best possible outcome.



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