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Extreme DUI Laws & Penalties In Scottsdale, AZ

An arrest for an Extreme or Super Extreme Driving Under the Influence or DUI charge in Scottsdale is a serious event that will have major implications on your future if you are convicted. After an arrest for an Extreme or Super DUI, it is imperative that you immediately contact a seasoned Extreme DUI defense attorney to protect your rights who can present a thorough defense as Extreme DUI cases often go to trial. Having a determined, tough litigator who is proficient in DUI law in your corner is a necessity from the start, which is at the arraignment when you are formally notified of the charges against you and a plea is entered.

Extreme DUI laws In Scottsdale, Arizona

Extreme and Super Extreme DUIs are considered felony charges in Scottsdale, AZ and a person can be charged with an Extreme DUI if the person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is between 0.15 and 0.20 BAC. Super Extreme DUI begins at 0.20 BAC. At these levels, intoxication is typically obvious to traffic officers. The level of intoxication and impairment can be different depending on a person’s size, weight, alcohol tolerance, gender and how fast the body’s metabolism processes alcohol. According to researchers, having a BAC between 0.15 and 0.20 produces mood swings, anger, sadness, mania, and inappropriate social behavior such as becoming obnoxious. A BAC of 0.31 up to 0.40 causes unconsciousness, and death is possible. Death is certain at 0.41.

Zero-Tolerance For Extreme DUI Offenders In Arizona

Arizona lawmakers adopted a zero-tolerance law allowing police to arrest a driver even if the BAC was less than the base legal limit of 0.08 if the officer had reason to suspect the driver was slightly impaired. Zero-tolerance was intended to discourage teenagers from drinking and driving and to satisfy the federal National Highway Systems Designation Act of 1995. The act withheld federal highway funds to states that didn’t use a 0.02 BAC as the limit for drivers younger than the state’s drinking age, 21 in Arizona.

Penalties For Extreme & Super Extreme DUI In Arizona

Extreme and super extreme DUI convictions have harsh penalties to punish and serve as a deterrent. The penalties for extreme DUI are:

For a first offense, the defendant is facing the following.

  • A minimum of 30 days and up to six months in county jail
  • License suspension for 90 days
  • Vehicle ignition interlock device for one year
  • Possible SR22 insurance verifying the minimum insurance liability
  • Possible probation lasting up to five years
  • A barrage of fines totaling $2,750
  • Mandatory alcohol and drug screening, treatment, and education
  • Possible community service

A second extreme DUI offense that happens within 84 months of the first one brings

  • A maximum of six months in jail, or a minimum of at least 120 days in jail with 60 of those days to be served consecutively
  • License revocation for one year
  • Vehicle ignition interlock for one year
  • SR22 insurance
  • Fines reaching $3,700
  • Possible probation for up to five years
  • Community service for at least 30 hours
  • Alcohol and drug screening and classes

The penalties for a super extreme DUI are:

A first Super Extreme DUI offense demands the following.

  • A term in county jail for 45 consecutive days
  • 90 days license suspension with no driving for 30 of those days
  • Ignition interlock device for 18 months after license reinstatement
  • Possible vehicle impoundment
  • Fines and other costs exceeding $3,200
  • Probation for as long as five years
  • Possible community service

A second Super Extreme DUI offense within 84 months of the first DUI conviction

  • Six months in county jail
  • License revocation for one year without a temporary license provision
  • Ignition interlock for two years following license reinstatement
  • Possible vehicle impoundment
  • An array of fines totaling more than $4,600
  • Up to five years of probation
  • At least 30 hours of community service
  • Extreme DUI sobriety tests

If you or someone you love has been charged with an extreme or super extreme DUI in Arizona, it is advisable to seek qualified and experienced DUI counsel and protect your freedom and your reputation.

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