Home detention can be an alternative to jail time for an Arizona DUI in most jurisdictions

by Aaron Black • July 19, 2016
Electronic monitoringIn 2014 due to continual increases in incarceration costs a growing number of cities in Arizona launched their own home detention as alternatives to for those convicted of DUI’s and other criminal offenses.

Arizona law requires first time misdemeanor DUI (under .15 BAC) to serve a minimum of 10 days in jail however 9 days can be suspended. If however you are found guilty of an Extreme DUI, the minimum sentence is 30 days in jail. With that being said, in most Arizona jurisdictions that offer home detention if you have been sentenced to 30 days in jail you will only serve 6 days in jail and 24 days on home detention.

Home detention includes electronic monitoring of which you are required to pay for. The costs can range from $10 to $30 a day depending on the court. The electronic device can monitor for both alcohol consumption as well as track your location. You will be required to submit to 3 random alcohol tests per day.

During your time on home detention you will not be able to leave your house for a maximum of 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. Unlike serving jail time you will get to go home after a long day at work!

Additional punishment for 1st Time Misdemeanor Driving under the Influence (under .15 BAC)

  • Minimum jail 10 days jail, but 9 may be suspended
  • Maximum Jail – 6 months
  • Fines
$250 Fine
$210 Surcharge
$500 Prison Fund 
$500 Public Safety Equip. Fund
$20 Time Pay Fee
$20 Probation Fee
  • 90 day License Suspension
  • Possible Probation up to 5 years
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • Possible community service
  • Pay for jail incarceration
  • Possible monthly probation fees
  • Possible SR22 insurance
  • 1 year Ignition interlock (6 months beginning January 1, 2012)
If you have been charged with a DUI it is important to hire a DUI lawyer that understands the complexities of DUI defense law. At the Law Office of Aaron Black, I personally represent my clients and my focus is keeping you out of jail or the dismissal of your case.

Click here to learn more about home detention in lieu of jail time for a DUI conviction or call 480-729-1683 for a free consultation.

About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
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