How to Avoid a DUI At The 2015 Super Bowl In Arizona

Just four short years after hosting its first Super Bowl in 2011, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona is about to host its second. Thousands of football fans from all over the country will convene in Glendale, on the west side of Phoenix, ready for tailgating and celebrating the two best teams in football face off for the 49th annual championship game.

Phoenix, and the cities surrounding it, offer a multitude of entertainment options. Phoenix has fantastic museums and theaters, as well as some of the country’s best golf courses. The Phoenix Zoo and Wildlife World Zoo are wonderful family destinations. For those traveling alone or looking to have a good time, Phoenix and the areas surrounding it offer a fantastic nightlife. Tempe’s Mill Avenue is a popular spot with several popular bars and hangouts like Endgame, Moonshine Whiskey Bar, and World of Beer. Shopping Districts such as Tempe Marketplace and Westgate, which is settled right next to University of Phoenix Stadium, offer a variety of restaurants and bars as well such as the Yard House, the Thirsty Lion, and Margaritaville. The Phoenix Metro area is also a growing craft beer hub. Arizona Wilderness brewery was recently voted best brewery in the world by Rate Beer, and the West Valley (the western part of the Phoenix Metro area) has five breweries within only a few miles of the stadium including Freak’n, Saddle Mountain, Peoria Artisan, Dubina, and 8-Bit Brewery.

With all of these fantastic options and the tailgating that’s sure to take place, visitors would be wise to take note of Arizona DUI laws to avoid ruining the trip. Arizona’s DUI penalties can be serious, so it’s important to be familiar with what could happen if anyone were to be pulled over for driving under the influence. Here are the penalties a DUI charge could result in:

Misdemeanor DUI/DWI (BAC .08-.149): A conviction will result in 10 days in jail, required DUI classes, a suspended license for 90 days, an ignition locking device for 1-year, and fines up to $1,500.

Extreme DUI (BAC .15-.199): Consequences for a conviction include 30 days in jail, required DUI classes, a suspended license for 90 days, an ignition locking device for 1-year, and fines up to $2,700.

Super Extreme DUI (BAC .2.0 or above): Individuals convicted of this can expect 45 days in jail, required DUI classes, a suspended license for 90 days, an ignition locking device for 18 months, and fines up to $3,200.

Felony or Aggravated DUI: This would result in a minimum of four months in prison for a 3rd offense in seven years, receiving a DUI with a child (under 15) in the car, or receiving a DUI while driving with a suspended license.

Although a DUI charge can be intimidating, there are options if you need to defend yourself against DUI charges. Some possible defenses include:

Proof of Defective Testing Equipment – This includes out-of-date certification of testing equipment by the DHS

Stopped Without Probable Cause – Law enforcement must have probable cause to stop any vehicle.

Not Operating the Vehicle (No Actual Physical Control) – The driver must be in the act of operating the vehicle, not just sitting in it.

Violation of Civil Rights – You have the right to speak with attorney if you ask law enforcement to speak with one. Any delay could be a violation of your civil rights.

The Super Bowl is no doubt one of the biggest celebrations held each year in America. It’s a great reason to get together and party, and an opportunity to visit somewhere new. Those lucky enough to attend shouldn’t have to worry about their vacation being ruined by a DUI arrest. Educate yourself on safe methods of transportation to and from the game as well as legal places to consume alcohol.

This article is provided by Scottsdale DUI Lawyer, David Michael Cantor. David has been licensed to practice law in Arizona for over 25 years and is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. For more information about Arizona DUI see his website: