The state of Arizona, which has some of the toughest DUI laws, has eased some of the punishment for first time offenders. The yearlong requirement for an interlocking ignition device has been cut down to six months. The installation and monthly maintenance charges are paid by the convicted driver so this would ease a small part of the financial burden they face. This change has been fought by M.A.D.D. and other organizations as fatalities from DUI accidents are down in Arizona.
Another change in the law will allow judges to use ankle detection devices on guilty parties for house arrests possibly to relieve some of the burden jail time for DUI offenders places on the state budget. These minor changes will ease the burden for those facing a first DUI offense in Arizona but the overall punishments for those convicted of DUI in Arizona remain some of the harshest in the entire country.
If you have been charged with DUI in Arizona you will want a professional representative that can use their knowledge of new laws to help you put this charge behind you as possible. Familiarity with new laws isn’t the only reason to hire an Arizona DUI attorney. Their experience with the legal system and the judges and prosecutors you will be facing can be invaluable in getting the charges reduced or even dismissed.