AZ DUI Law Myth of the Month – The “legal limit” of .08

Many people have heard a .08 blood alcohol level referred to as the “legal limit” in Arizona. As a result, a lot of people think that so long as their blood alcohol level is below a .08, they are “legal” and cannot get a DUI. However, this is incorrect and one of the biggest misconceptions in Arizona DUI law. Although one way to be guilty of DUI is by having a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, so long as the State proves that you were “impaired to the slightest degree” while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you are guilty of DUI.

This further stresses why the commercial breathalyzers you see people using around bars shouldn’t be used to determine whether you are “safe” to drive. Additionally these devices will sometimes display inaccurate readings that can quite dramatically vary from the results received from a blood test. That’s why the best and safest way to avoid a DUI is to not drink and drive.

If you have been arrested for DUI, you should immediately call DUI attorney Matt Maerowitz at 602-912-5897. You have nothing to lose by calling, and the consultation is free.

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