If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) you can face serious consequences under the law. For example, Arizona has a zero tolerance law for driving under the influence while also underage.1 In Arizona the minimum legal drinking age is 21.2 In other words, if you are under 21 and driving with a positive blood alcohol content (BAC) you will be sanctioned under the law. Therefore, it is best to be educated about the various DUI prevention programs or rehabilitation programs available in Arizona.
Arizona operates sobriety checkpoints run by law enforcement agencies to ensure people are not driving drunk. The stops are not tied to individual suspicions but are temporary and random.3 What you can expect during these checkpoints is to be briefly detained and interviewed if law enforcement determines that you exhibit suspicious behavior.4 In other words, police will need probable cause to stop you at a sobriety checkpoint.5 Your Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights remain intact during an interview and detainment at a checkpoint. Therefore, you should remember that police will need probable cause or your consent to search your vehicle.6 Further, you do have the right to remain silent when under interrogation.
Graduated Licensing Structure
This type of program has three stages: a learner’s permit, intermediate provisional license, and full licensure.7 This structure for obtaining your driver’s license is probably familiar to most who operate a motor vehicle.
You may be referred to traffic school if you have been convicted of a traffic violation or a DUI. The National Traffic Safety Institute has a list of programs such as the Arizona Defensive Driving Program which could help you fulfill court-ordered requirements as a result of your DUI.
Relapse Prevention Programs
Completing the requirements of your criminal sentence may be warning enough for you to make sure to alter your behavior after obtaining a DUI charge. However, there are also private and government funded programs that help people prevent a relapse into drinking and operating or being in control of a motor vehicle. DUI courts have also developed DUI treatment plans for those who have substance dependence.8
If you are struggling with a DUI charge or have any questions about what to do when stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, it is best to consult with an experienced Arizona DUI attorney about the issue.
 DUI Prevention, azdps.gov, http://www.azdps.gov/information/Impaired_Driving/Prevention/ (last visited Sep. 16, 2014).
3 Rich Stim, DUI Checkpoints in Arizona, dui.drivinglaws.org, http://dui.drivinglaws.org/resources/sobriety-checkpoints-arizona.htm (last visited Sep. 16, 2014).
6 See Ryan Beckler, DUI Checkpoints: Know Your Rights, abc15.com, (July 15, 2013 4:44 PM), http://www.abc15.com/marketplace/law-tv/dui-checkpoints-know-your-rights.
7 DUI Prevention, supra note 1.
8 The Guiding Principles of DWI Courts, dwicourts.org, http://www.dwicourts.org/learn/about-dwi-courts/-guiding-principles (last visited Sep. 16, 2014).