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Tucson DUI Penalties Carry the Most Severe Penalties in the U.S., Including Mandatory Jail, Huge fines, License Suspension, and Probation.

Below is a guide to the penalties a person faces for a DUI conviction in Tucson. Most of the Tucson DUI Penalties described are mandatory. For example, the jail portion can be exchanged for a higher fine, and vice versa. Also mandatory are the alcohol evaluation and treatment, and MVD penalties. Some of the penalties could be slightly different depending on the particular case, the blood alcohol level, whether there was an accident with injuries, and whether the person has any prior convictions for DUI. In addition, home detention may be available after first serving 20% of the jail sentence. Work release or work furlough may also be available during the service of the jail time.

Tucson DUI Penalties for 1st DUI Conviction

.08% B.A.C. to .15% B.A.C. – “Regular DUI”

Minimum 10 days jail; approximately $1700 in fines and fees; up to 5 years probation; mandatory alcohol evaluation and treatment; Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Victim Impact Panel; 90 day license suspension; ignition interlock device for 12 months. The court may suspend up to 9 days in jail. MVD suspension for 90 days, which may be reduced to 30 days suspension, followed by 60 days restricted license.

.15% B.A.C. to .20% B.A.C. – “Extreme DUI”

Minimum 30 days jail; approximately $2700 in fines and fees; up to 5 years probation; mandatory alcohol evaluation and treatment; Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Victim Impact Panel; 90 day license suspension; ignition interlock device for 12 months. The court may suspend up to 21 days in jail. MVD suspension for 90 days, which may be reduced to 30 days suspension, followed by 60 days restricted license.

.20% B.A.C. and greater – “Super-Extreme DUI”

Minimum 45 days jail; approximately $3700 in fines and fees; up to 5 years probation; mandatory alcohol evaluation and treatment; Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Victim Impact Panel; 90 day license suspension; ignition interlock device for 18 months. The court may suspend up to 31 days in jail. MVD suspension for 90 days, which may be reduced to 30 days suspension, followed by 60 days restricted license.

Tucson DUI Penalties for 2nd DUI Conviction

.08% B.A.C. – .15% B.A.C. – “Regular DUI”

Minimum 90 days jail; approximately $3500 in fines and fees; up to 5 years probation; mandatory alcohol evaluation and treatment; Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Victim Impact Panel; 1 year license revocation; ignition interlock device for 12 months; 30 hours community restitution. The court may suspend up to 60 days of jail. MVD will revoke the person’s driver’s license for 1 year, and require an ignition interlock at the end of the revocation period.

.15% B.A.C. – .20% B.A.C. – “Extreme DUI”

Minimum 120 days jail; approximately $3700 in fines and fees; up to 5 years probation; mandatory alcohol evaluation and treatment; Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Victim Impact Panel; 1 year license revocation; ignition interlock device for 12 months. MVD will revoke the person’s driver’s license for 1 year, and require an ignition interlock at the end of the revocation period.

.20% B.A.C. and greater. – “Super-Extreme DUI”

180 days jail; approximately $3700 in fines and fees; up to 5 years probation; mandatory alcohol evaluation and treatment; Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Victim Impact Panel; 1 year license revocation; ignition interlock device for 12 months. MVD will revoke the person’s driver’s license for 1 year, and require an ignition interlock at the end of the revocation period.

Tucson DUI Penalties for 3rd DUI Conviction

A third conviction for DUI within 7 years is a felony. Click below for more information of felony aggravated DUI penalties.

In general, a person convicted of a third DUI within 7 years faces: 4 months prison; approximately $4600 in fines and fees; up to 5 years probation; mandatory alcohol evaluation and treatment; Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Victim Impact Panel; 3 year license revocation; ignition interlock device for 12 months; vehicle forfeiture. Read more below regarding felony aggravated DUI penalties.
Read More: Felony Aggravated DUI

Aggravating Factors & Tucson DUI Penalties

The Tucson DUI penalties listed above usually apply when there are no other serious facts involved in the case. If a DUI case involves some aggravating factor, then the potential DUI penalties increase. Some aggravating factors that could result in increased penalties include:

  • DUI with child under 15 years of age in vehicle
  • DUI while driver’s license is suspended
  • Third DUI within a 7 year period
  • Accident causing property damage or physical injury
  • Blood alcohol concentration over .15%
  • DUI while on probation for DUI conviction
  • Refusal to submit to a chemical test
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