An Arizona DUI is nobody’s idea of a good time, but people still take a chance on their level of sobriety, discovering too late that they were, indeed, too drunk to drive. Taking drunk driving seriously is the job of every resident in every state, advocating for the enforcement of current laws and strengthening those same laws as time moves on. But there are even more problems than the criminal consequences for a DUI. Drunk drivers in Arizona have a lot more at risk than community service and an ignition interlock requirement.
For a simple DUI, one that wasn’t a danger to another person or property, the criminal consequences are just the beginning. As a way to keep an accused drunk driver from repeating that mistake between the time of arrest and the official court hearing, Arizona adopted an administrative license revocation (ALR) policy through the DMV. Essentially, you can lose your license through the DMV, before you even have a criminal conviction, and you’ll need an ignition interlock to restore your license.
Oh, and if you don’t own a vehicle, you can’t just wait out the ALR in Arizona. You have to serve out the ignition interlock requirement one way or another, no matter how long it takes, if you ever want to legally drive again.
But that’s not all! If you have a security clearance or work as a teacher in the state, your DUI could affect your employment status. You could also have a harder time renting a home or finding housing.
Of course, the biggest risk with a DUI is the potential to kill another person, or yourself. Drunk driving is the cause of about one in three road fatalities across the U.S., giving you the best reason of all to never put yourself or others at risk, just because you weren’t sure how intoxicated you really were before you decided to drive home.