If you are convicted of a DUI, you will be required to obtain SR-22 insurance coverage. Otherwise known as high-risk or non-standard insurance. Therefore, switching to SR-22 insurance coverage for a DUI in Arizona will usually at least double the cost of vehicle insurance.
In Arizona, a DUI will remain on your record for 5 years. Plus, having a DUI can make it more difficult to get a job, professional licensure, or security clearance. Additionally, a landlord can also decline to rent to you if you have a DUI on your record.
Both your current and future employers will be able to see the DUI conviction as long as it is on your record. Whereas, an employer may legally terminate you or decline to employ you for a DUI conviction.
Your Family and Relationships
Whether you plead guilty or fight the charges, a DUI will take up a large amount of your time and resources. Thus, this can put a strain on your relationship with your family. Also, many people have lost loved ones or been affected by a drunk driver, and may take offense if you are convicted of a DUI.
You may be ordered to take classes as part of a DUI arrest. The amount of class hours you will have to complete will depend on factors like your BAC at the time arrest, previous DUI convictions, etc. Also, you may be ordered to take 8-56 hours of post-DUI classes, or even more. Plus, these classes aren’t free and the driver will be responsible for paying for them.
Fines and Restitution
DUIs carry heavy fines in Arizona. whereas, penalties increase as you enter a new class of DUI. DUIs with a BAC of up to .15 are standard DUIs, an Extreme DUI is a BAC of up to .20, and Super Extreme DUI is for BACs of .20 or more. Also, for a first DUI, the base fine for a standard DUI is $1,480. Hence, the base fine for an Extreme DUI is $3,000. The base fine for a Super Extreme DUI is $3,250.
For subsequent DUIs, the base fine for a standard DUI is $3,000. Also, for an Extreme DUI, the base is $3,250. Plus, for a Super Extreme DUI, the base fine for secondary expenses is $4,250. Therefore, the actual fine you receive may be higher than the base, depending on the judge’s discretion.