The majority of news surrounding DUI laws involves the potential punishments for a conviction becoming even more severe. A newly proposed bill in Arizona could potentially make the penalties faced by first time offenders a little easier if it passes the vote to become a law though.
First time Arizona DUI offenders face a battery of very serious possible punishments if convicted. Under current Arizona DUI law a first time offender could face fines of up to $2500, a suspension of driving privileges for 90 and up to ten days in prison. First time DUI offenders in Arizona may also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles for a full year following a DUI conviction.
While the proposed bill won’t do much to ease the burden of the hefty fines or license suspension, it will reduce the amount of time drivers are required to use an ignition interlock. Instead of a year long requirement for using the expensive and inconvenient device first time offenders would only be required to use the interlock for a period of six months.
Though it is better than the alternative, a six month stint of using an ignition interlock device can still be inconvenient and very expensive. Even if the bill for a reduced ignition interlock time passes into law the possible punishments for an Arizona DUI are still severe enough to require the assistance of an experienced DUI attorney.