SUPER EXTREME DUI IN ARIZONA
WHAT IS A SUPER EXTREME DUI IN ARIZONA?
Super Extreme DUI is the misdemeanor charge a driver will receive after being arrested for driving with a BAC of .20 or higher. Arizona has taken a particularly hard stance on drunk driving in recent years, and the DUI laws inflict harsher penalties on those who drive while extremely intoxicated (versus buzzed or a little bit drunk). Super Extreme DUI is the most serious misdemeanor DUI charge in Arizona.
SUPER EXTREME DUI IN ARIZONA
A Super Extreme DUI, while a misdemeanor, is a serious charge that if convicted, will have lasting negative impact on your life. You will face mandatory jail time, fines, court costs and other expenses that add up quickly, community service, drug and alcohol counseling, driving classes, license suspension or revocation, use of an ignition interlock device, and high risk driver’s coverage.
A Super Extreme DUI will also have negative effects on your career. You may lose your commercial driver’s license because of a DUI, and a DUI on your record can make it harder to join and stay in professional associations.
SUPER EXTREME DUI PENALTIES IN ARIZONA
The minimum jail time for a first Super Extreme DUI is 45 days. The minimum fine is $3,250. The driver’s license will be suspended for at least 90 days following a first conviction, followed by 1 year mandatory ignition interlock device usage.
Community service is standard with Arizona DUI convictions, and the minimum amount typically ordered is 30 hours. It is also standard for Arizona judges to order the defendant to complete drug and alcohol screening, testing, and counseling. A Super Extreme DUI conviction will get you 8 points on your driving record, which means defensive driving school is necessary for most drivers.
The penalties are even harsher if the driver has received more than one Super Extreme DUI. The minimum jail sentence increases to 180 days, or 6 months. The base fine is $4,250 and the driver’s license will be revoked for at least one year. The driver may be eligible for a restricted license after 45 days with at least one year of ignition interlock device usage.
Seeking an Experienced AZ DUI Lawyer to Fight Your DUI Charges in Arizona.
An experienced DUI lawyer can help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case in many ways. Your attorney may have a strong enough challenge to your case to have the charges dismissed altogether. With the use of evidence review and independent testing, your attorney may be able to negotiate a plea bargain that keeps you out of jail and your driver’s license in good standing. If your case proceeds to trial, you need an experienced, articulate attorney to secure a not guilty verdict for you.
Hiring a private attorney is especially useful for drivers who are arrested for DUI in Arizona while visiting from out of state. Your attorney can handle plea bargaining on your behalf, as prosecution can take advantage of the fact that traveling to Arizona to fight your case is more of a burden for you.