Arizona DUI Arrest

Arizona DUI Arrest: What is the typical process?

Arizona DUI Arrest Process

The following is the typical arrest process in a DUI case. Note that some cases may be different, and the following may not apply in every DUI case.

The DUI Arrest Process

The Stop

Like any good hunter, a police officer looking for DUIs is going to lie in wait in a location with a lot of potential targets. It is not unusual for police officers to hide in locations where they can view you exit and drive away from a restaurant or bar.The police must witness a traffic violation or have reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime in order to make a traffic stop. In suspected DUI situations, police officers are trained to look for certain driving behaviors.More…

Field Sobriety Tests

There are six field sobriety tests and a portable breath test device that police officers typically use to start gathering evidence against you. Most of the field sobriety tests evaluate your agility and your ability to complete multiple tasks at the same time (divided attention tests). More…

The Portable Breath Test

The officer may ask you to blow into a handheld device. This device is called a Portable Breath Test or PBT. It is designed to give the officer a approximate reading of how much alcohol is in your body based on a sample of air from your lungs.More…

The DUI Arrest

To make an arrest for DUI, the police officer must have probable cause that you committed a DUI. The police officer gathers this information by observing your driving, asking you questions, having you perform field sobriety tests, and possibly having you blow into a portable breath test device (PBT). More…

The Breath Test

In Arizona, breath testing is usually done with the Intoxilyzer 8000.  The Intoxilyzer 8000 is made by CMI of Owensboro, Kentucky.  The device measures the amount of alcohol in air exhaled from the lungs and then extrapolates that to a blood alcohol reading. More…

Blood Testing

Some police departments do DUI blood tests rather than breath tests. Two test tubes of your blood are drawn from your arm and then sent to a lab that tests one of the vials of blood using a gas chromatograph. Usually it takes 4 – 6 weeks for the lab results to come back for alcohol testing.  Drug testing can take 9 months or more depending on the crime lab. More…

DUI Booking

The final stage of the DUI Arrest Process is usually booking.  This is often done at a police station or at a DUI van which is a mobile DUI processing staton.  The booking process usually involves further questioning by police.  The police will ask both personal information, like your contact information, and also questions about the DUI. More…

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