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Common DUI punishments and extreme enhancements

A breath test or a blood test doesn't just tell the authorities if you're over the 0.08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit. It could also be a crucial part of determining what charges and potential sentences you're facing.

DUI sentences increase with each arrest.For a first offense, you could be looking at up to 10 days behind bars, a fine of about $1,600, and a license suspension that runs for 90 days.

For a second offense, you could get as many as 90 days in jail, fines of $3,000, and a suspension that lasts for a year.

For a third offense, the potential penalties jump up to a potential jail term of between four months and two years, fines of up to $150,000, and a license suspension of three years.

These are just the standard ramifications, however. If you're found to have a BAC of 0.15 or higher -- about twice the legal limit or more -- your license won't be suspended. It will be revoked. You won't have any driving privileges. You can ask for it back at the end of the revocation period, and an investigation will be carried out to determine if you'll get it.

If you do get the license back, you then are required to have an ignition interlock device on your car for 12 to 24 months. If you get three extreme DUIs, the police may simply impound your vehicle.

As you can see, all DUI charges are serious, but it's very important to know exactly which level of charges you're facing. You also need to know all of your legal defense options.

Source: Life Safer, "Ignition Interlock Laws in Arizona," accessed Sep. 13, 2017

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