In Arizona, many DUI offenses are classified as misdemeanors. Although the jail time and fines associated with different types of DUIs can vary based on whether it is a first or second offense and depending upon how high the blood alcohol level was, the statute of limitations in Arizona for misdemeanor DUIs remains the same.
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What is the Statute of Limitations for DUI in Arizona?
Under A.R.S. § 13 – 107, misdemeanors in the state of Arizona have a statute of limitations of one year. This statute of limitations requires the State to formally file charges against you within that time period. According to ARS § 13–107 (E), the time limitation does not include any time in which your identity is unknown. The statute of limitations also begins once the State actually becomes aware of the offense. Although this typically means a year from when you are arrested for committing the DUI, there may be exceptions to this.
For example, if you are commit a DUI in Arizona while you are visiting and then leave the state, the statute of limitations will not include the time that you are no longer in the state. According to ARS § 13–107 (D), if you are on the run or entirely absent from the state, the statute of limitations is “tolled.” This means that the time period that the State has to bring charges against you is suspended until you are found or return to Arizona.
Another exception may exist if previous charges against you are dismissed before the time limit has expired. According to ARS § 13–107 (G), a new prosecution against you can begin anytime within six months after the dismissal has been finalized, or at the original one year mark; whichever is longer.
Since the laws regarding the statute of limitations for misdemeanor DUIs in Arizona can be quite complex, if you have questions about impending charges, you should call DM Cantor for a Free Case Consultation. We can be reached by phone at (602) 307-0808 or click here to send us an email using our secure and confidential form.