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4th of July DUI

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Arizona DUI task force patrols were in full force across the state over the 4th of July holiday, nabbing drunken drivers. According to the director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Alberto Gutier, around 50 agencies participated in the patrols during the week of July 4th. Included in the East Valley DUI task force were Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa and Chandler police departments, focusing on the eastern suburbs of metro Phoenix, including roads leading to Lake Pleasant.

According to local news reports, the statewide DUI task force led to 108 arrests, and 33 of those arrests were for extreme DUI, meaning the drivers blood-alcohol content (BAC) was between a .15 BAC (but less than .20 BAC).

If you have been charged with a DUI, the penalties can be significant and will depend upon many factors, including your blood alcohol content (BAC), prior history of DUI convictions, minor children in the car at the time of the DUI, involved in a car accident at the time of the DUI, or driving on a suspended/revoked driver's license at the time of the stop. The penalties for a first time DUI can include jail time, fees and fines, possible probation, alcohol/drug screening and classes, community work service, SR22 insurance, and ignition interlock device. The penalties increase if your DUI involved other factors, as mentioned above. Given the harsh penalties resulting from DUI charges in the State of Arizona, it is important to seek legal advice and ensure you understand your options before making any decisions regarding your case.

The Firm handles all types of DUI cases including first time DUI, extreme DUI, 'super' extreme DUI, aggravated (felony) DUI – involving minor children in the car, or accident/injury related DUI, or DUI while driving on a suspended/revoked driver's license. The Firm also handles other alcohol related violations including minor in possession/minor in consumption, furnishing alcohol to minors and underage DUI's.

Please visit our DUI website: www.arizonaduidefenselawfirm.com

**This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact the Firm to schedule a consultation regarding your case.

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