Queen Creek, AZ- Being arrested for a DUI in any state carries a host of consequences, but a new study found that Arizona has some of the strictest DUI laws in the nation. Let that be a warning next time you think about drinking and driving and familiarize yourself with the consequences of a DUI conviction in Arizona, which USAttorneys will discuss here.

WalletHub, an online source the focuses on personal finance, just released their 2016 analysis of state DUI laws and found that Arizona has the toughest DUI laws in the nation. The website looks at 15 different metrics to determine each state’s ranking. Those metrics include mandatory jail sentences, fines, license suspension periods, ignition interlock requirements and whether convictions require an alcohol assessment course.

Coming in behind Arizona at number two is Georgia and Alaska ranking third. South Dakota has the most lenient DUI laws.

On their website, WalletHub has an easy-to-read chart that details the DUI penalties in all states. USAttorneys recommends you look at the penalties for a DUI in Arizona and neighboring states, so you know why you need to retain and DUI defense attorney familiar with Arizona’s DUI laws to help with your case.

So, what are the penalties for a first-time DUI? If you are convicted of your first DUI in Queen Creek, you will spend a minimum of 24 hours in jail, but you could be sentenced up to 10 days in jail. You also face fines up $750 and will have your license suspended for at least 90 days. For a first offense, you will also have to install an ignition interlock device in your car for at least a year and will have to attend an alcohol assessment course.

If you have the misfortune of being convicted of a DUI, it will remain on your record for at least seven years unless you have your record expunged. That means if you are charged with a DUI within that time, it will count as a repeat offense which can lead to felony charges for a third offense.

Under Arizona law, you are not allowed to plea to a lesser charge, so it is critical you retain a lawyer to assist with your defense. We recommend you contact the Zachary Law Group PLC in Queen Creek and set a case evaluation. They have decades of experience that they will use you give you the strongest defense possible.

A DUI conviction, whether it is your first or subsequent offense can make life very tough and impact you in ways you may not realize. It’s always worth it to fight a DUI conviction. We encourage you to contact one of the DUI lawyers at the Zachary Law Firm in Queen Creek, Arizona and get their assistance with your case. You can reach their office at 480.389.3533 and arrange a time to talk about your case.

You will spend at least 24 hours in jail for your first DUI.