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Being arrested for a DUI is commonly an intimidating experience in which your future hangs in the balance. You may believe you have no chance against the State when charged with DUI, but this is not true. Any alleged offense can be defended against, and DUIs are no different. Many aspects of these charges can be investigated and explored for flaws, including improper police procedures, faulty testing protocols and equipment, and more.

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Even though DUI is a severe offense, any case may lead to charges being dropped, reduced, or disproven in court. However, you will need an attorney who is committed to thoroughly investigating your case and who knows what to look for in uncovering flaws and mistakes that undermine the prosecution’s case. At Alatorre Law, you can turn to an experienced professional with more than 17 years of experience investigating charges, building defense strategies, and working vigorously on behalf of clients.

DUI In Arizona

Arizona has many statutes related to DUI charges. These range from first-offense misdemeanors to felony violations. They pertain to adult drivers, underage drivers, and commercial license holders found driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Arizona DUI Laws

In Arizona, as well as across the nation, you are legally drunk and therefore in violation of the law, if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measures .08 percent or higher. You can also be arrested for DUI with a BAC lower than this if you show signs of being impaired to the slightest degree. Furthermore, you can be arrested even if your car was not in motion but you were in “physical control” of it. Juries decide this by looking at all of the circumstances involved, such as whether your engine was running, your keys were in the ignition, and more.


Your first step in fighting a DUI is to put a seasoned and knowledgeable defense attorney on your side as soon as possible. You can do that by contacting Alatorre Law to discuss the details of your DUI arrest and find out what we can do in your defense.

Arizona DUI Penalties

DUI penalties will depend on your BAC, whether your arrest is a first offense or subsequent offense, and other factors, such as a DUI resulting in injury or death to another.

First DUI Offense

First-offense DUI with a BAC of 0.08 percent or more carries the following penalties:

▪ Mandatory jail time, from 1 day to six months in jail.
▪ Fines of up to $2,500 plus surcharges
▪ Two financial assessments totaling $1,000
▪ Alcohol screening, education, or treatment
▪ Community service
▪ Mandatory certified ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle
▪ 90-day license suspension

Extreme DUI – AZ

Arizona also has an “extreme” DUI statute that provides higher penalties depending on the driver’s BAC. A DUI with a BAC of 0.15 percent up to .199 percent carries a minimum sentence of 30 consecutive days in jail. A DUI with a BAC of .20 percent or more requires a minimum sentence of 45 consecutive days in jail. The financial assessments for these offenses total $2,000, and they are added to your total fine and surcharges.

Required ignition interlock devices must be installed over your car’s ignition; these devices are similar to breathalyzers that you must blow into to measure your BAC every time you drive. You will be required to pay for the installation and maintenance of such a device when convicted of DUI.

DUI Felony

A DUI may be charged as a felony in the following circumstances:

1. Commission of a DUI while your license was suspended due to a prior DUI conviction.
2. Any third or subsequent DUI conviction within seven years.
3. Committing a DUI offense while a person under 15 years of age is in the vehicle.
4. Committing a DUI offense when you are required to have an ignition interlock on any vehicle you operate.
5. Committing a DUI offense while driving the wrong way on a highway.

License Suspensions

Your license will automatically be suspended when charged with a DUI unless you request a hearing with the Motor Vehicle Division to contest it. At the hearing, you will have the chance to present your case in defense of retaining your license. Our DUI attorney can represent you at the hearing to challenge the loss of your license with a well-prepared strategy.

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I was accused/cited for DUI so I hired Javier Alatorre to defend me (I was under the legal BAC limit). When I first spoke to Javier, he treated me like a person and never made me like a criminal so I felt very comfortable with him. He was always available to discuss this case even though it dragged on for over 3 years (COVID). The end result was that he got my cased dismissed. I couldn't ask for anything better. I highly recommend Javier.

Paul S.

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Roy L.

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15:48 19 Nov 22
Attorney Javier Alatorre is very attentive, personable, and responds timely to inquiries. His confidence and knowledge of the judicial process is commendable and very reassuring. His understanding of a client's concerns and worries is notable and very much appreciated. My case is ongoing, but thus far, attorney Alatorre has proven to be very responsible, available, and invested in serving his clients.
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05:25 20 Sep 22
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03:47 15 Sep 22
Javier was amazing to talk with and do business with. He helped me with a very sticky situation and was very kind and considerate during the entire proccess.I only conversated with him for little under an hour but I can tell that he is very professional and cares a lot about what he does.I would recommend him to anyone and everyone if theyre dealing with legal issues.Great guy overall.
Andrew SchlickerAndrew Schlicker
01:37 08 Sep 22
Javier helped me out not once, but twice in an exceptional manner. Javier was always on time and one step ahead of the process. He was also extremely courteous to the courtroom employees and could navigate around situations at ease. Not to mention he had pin point precision in examining details in both cases. Both outcomes in the two cases I had him for were more than advantageous. I highly recommend Javier for your next case!
Carlos TapiaCarlos Tapia
01:16 14 Jul 22
I highly recommend Javier Alatorre. He is very professional and exceeded all my expectations. Not only is he very knowledgeable, he takes the time and has the ability to explain all aspects of the case in simple terms.Javier draws on his own extensive experience as well as on his wide professional network to provide the best counsel across different specialties. In my case the immigration implications were important and he helped me understand the possible outcomes and decide on the best course to achieve the desired result.If you want results, you want Javier Alatorre on your team.

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