You may have heard of P.J. Tucker’s May 2014 arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). After running a stop sign, the Phoenix Suns player was arrested for driving with reported blood alcohol content (BAC) of .222 percent, which is almost three times greater than the national maximum legal BAC of .08 percent. Tucker’s detention and the legal consequences he’s facing bring attention to the nuances of Arizona’s DUI laws. Specifically, it bears repeating that the state’s operating under the influence laws are structured and tiered and that the legal penalties for breaking the law get progressively worse as the crime gets more severe. In fact, P.J. Tucker’s offense belongs to the most severe of categories: the “super extreme DUI.”
Late during the May 10 night, P.J. Tucker, a basketball player for Phoenix Suns, was pulled over for running a stop sign, turning wide into the right lane, and then straddling two lanes while continuing to drive. According the arresting police officer, the player’s eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and an awful stench of alcohol exuded from the vehicle. While originally arrested for a BAC of .201, as measured by the preliminary field breath test, Tucker was subsequently rated at .222 percent after a more thorough analysis by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
With a BAC of .222 percent, P.J. Tucker faced a super extreme DUI charge. With good representation, he was able to reduce the punishment to an interlock device on his car for 18 months, substance abuse counseling, and a combined fee of $2,750 for various fines related to the charge.
Remember, not all DUIs in Arizona are considered the same and neither are the penalties. The major tiers of the state’s DUI laws include:
Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws in the United States. If you have been charged with a DUI, it is highly recommended that you seek experienced and knowledgeable representation. At The Weingart Firm, our legal team has had the pleasure of representing thousands of DUI clients for over 24 years. As a former Assistant Attorney General and a city court judge for Tempe, Mark Weingart has an intimate knowledge of the legal system and knows which defense strategies work, and which don’t. Get the legal representation you deserve and contact us to schedule your free consultation and case review today!