If you have been arrested or charged with a Scottsdale DUI, it’s critically important that you act as quickly as you can to ensure that the court knows you take the charges seriously.
But beyond that, it’s important to simply face the consequences, no matter how scary that might seem right now, because a DUI in Arizona will continue to follow you regardless of where you live, and could result in the loss of your driving privileges, even if you received a DUI in Arizona and live out of state.
The good news is that you do not have to face it alone.
Attorney Arja Shah has made it her goal for the last 14 years to defend those charged with crimes in Scottsdale as well as all over the state, and has successfully done so for over 2,700 clients!
How Much Does a Scottsdale DUI Cost, and Why?
The cost of a DUI in Scottsdale will vary depending on a few variables, but mainly, charges are determined by how many prior DUIs you have had in Arizona or elsewhere, depending on what information the court has access to.
Some basic cost guidelines are determined by the judge based on whether this is your first DUI, second DUI, or third DUI within 7 years/84 months. Penalties for any number of DUIs beyond three in a seven-year timeframe will be entirely decided by the judge. Here’s a breakdown of some costs you can expect:
|1st DUI||2nd DUI or Extreme DUI||3rd DUI or Super Extreme DUI|
|Court costs||$1,500 + $1,000 for ignition interlock + $500 for alcohol education||$1,500–2,500 + $1,000 for ignition interlock + $500 for alcohol education||$1,500–3,000 + $1,000 for ignition interlock + $500 for alcohol education|
|Fine||$1,250 minimum||$2,500 minimum||$3,200 minimum|
|Jail time||10 days||30 days||45 days|
In addition to the above items in the table, you will also be required to:
- Use an ignition interlock system for as little as six months or as much as 18 months depending on how many DUIs you have had and how severe they were (extreme or super extreme DUIs in Arizona will carry longer penalties with ignition interlock).
- Attend alcohol education for as long as the judge decides
- Purchase SR-22 insurance, which is about $3,000 per year for three years
- Be responsible for paying for the towing of your vehicle — a charge of $100 plus a mileage charge as well as a daily charge for storing your car in a tow lot, which can vary between $75–150 per day if you are unable to retrieve your car right away