Scottsdale Arizona BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) Limits

by Aaron Black • July 13, 2017
Blood alcohol contentScottsdale, AZ has some of the harshest penalties for a DUI in the country and depending on several factors the BAC level varies. For instance, a commercial truck driver’s blood alcohol limit is a mere .04%.

As Arizona is a no tolerance state, convictions carry mandatory jail time, fines, license suspension, and an ignition interlock installed on your vehicle. It’s wise to know the blood alcohol limits before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Did you know?

  • All drivers in the state of Arizona, the BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) limit is 0.08% and above.
  • For Commercial Drivers it is a crime for a commercial vehicle operator to drive with a BAC of 0.04% or above. Also, a conviction could also result in the suspension of their CDL (Commercial Driver’s License).
  • Minors (under the age of 21) the BAC limit is 0.00%. Arizona has a zero tolerance, and any minor caught driving after consuming “any” alcohol (.01% or above) can face severe consequences for the crime.

That’s not all

In addition to the penalties that you would incur, drinking and driving also puts others at risk of harm. Can you just imagine for one second finding out that your actions resulted in injury or even death of an innocent bystander?

What’s the bottom line?

If you are pulled over for a DUI in Scottsdale and a police officer believes that you have been drinking they are going to do any and everything to prove that they are right. Below are a few tips on what you should and should not do if you are pulled over for DUI.
  • Provide your personal information and license when asked
  • If the officer asks if you have been drinking, don’t answer and immediately ask for a lawyer.
  • Comply if asked to get out of your car.
  • If the officer asks you to do a field sobriety test (following a pen, balancing on one leg or walk a straight line), respectfully refuse the test and ask for your lawyer. The officer will probably arrest you because he will say he could smell the odor of alcohol, he noticed bloodshot and watery eyes, your voice was slurred, or he saw you swerve. There is no need to help him more by doing the tests.
  • If asked to blow into his portable breath machine (PBT). Respectfully refuse and ask for your lawyer.
  • The officer will take you back to the station and want your blood. There is something in Arizona called Admin Per Se. If you give the blood, your license will be suspended for 90 days. If you refuse to give blood your license will be revoked for one year. Ask to speak with your lawyer immediately. If you refuse, the police will simply call a judge, get a warrant, hold you down, and take your blood by force.
  • Always demand an independent blood test.

DUI help is on the way!

To learn more about the blood alcohol concentration limits in Scottsdale, Arizona contact DUI Lawyer Aaron Black or call for a free consultation at 480-729-1683.

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to inform clients and potential clients I am still available for consultations. I am always available by phone, text and/or email. We can also use Facetime for social distancing. The criminal justice system is not stopping due to COVID-19.

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