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In the year 2014, nearly 27,000 DUI arrests were made in Arizona. While this number is down from 2013’s number of DUI arrests, there’s still a lot of work to do to keep bringing this number down. If you have been recently charged with a DUI or have been involved in a DUI accident, contact The Weingart Firm to schedule your free case evaluation. We may be able to assist you in reducing your charges or saving your reputation. In today’s blog post, we will be discussing the statistics of DUI arrests within the last year so you can see first handedly how serious Arizona is about their DUI laws.
At the beginning of the holiday season, Thanksgiving started off our DUI arrest count with a total of 372 arrests over the four-day weekend. In 2013, this number was a little higher at 424 arrests but this doesn’t mean that just because numbers have gone down significantly that the countdown is over yet. New Year’s Eve is the most dangerous time of the year when it comes to DUI arrests and accidents. That’s why this year, be sure to limit your drinking to a minimum if you plan on driving or even consider not drinking at all. The risk of consequences far outweigh the few hours of fun you may have on New Year’s Eve.
In the State of Arizona, a DUI is classified when the driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent. For a driver of a commercial vehicle, the charge would be based off a BAC of 0.04 percent. However, if the driver is under twenty-one years of age, there is a strictly enforced zero tolerance law that will take effect. An extreme DUI is considered to be a driver with a BAC of 0.15 percent or higher while aggravated DUI is a DUI with a suspended license, another DUI charge within 84 months, or even a DUI committed while driving with a passenger that is 15 years of age or younger.
This New Year’s Eve, there were many accidents across the United States that resulted in fatal consequences. A two-vehicle crash in Louisiana leaves three dead, with another accident in South Carolina that leaves one dead, and another accident in Tulsa, OK that leaves one dead too. One accident in particular in South Carolina, the officer at the scene revealed that the driver had a BAC that was four times the legal limit. Fortunately for the people in the car this deceased man crashed into, they are expected to be fine. If this case took place in Arizona and the driver survived and the victims died, he could be facing not just DUI charges, but consequential charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, aggravated DUI, and more. These charges not only can ruin a person’s reputation and career, it can land them in jail for most of their lives.
If you were recently charged with a DUI this New Year’s Eve, remember to contact our firm in Tempe, AZ so we can set up an appointment to give you your free case evaluation before proceeding with anything legally. This way, we can start preparing for your defense so you can get the most out of your case without ruining your career or reputation. Feel free to submit your case so we can give you a call to set you up for an appointment. We hope you have a healthy, happy, and safe new year. Welcome to 2015!