WHAT IS EXTREME DUI IN ARIZONA?
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Extreme DUI is the charge for a defendant who is charged with driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.14-0.199. BAC levels can depend on the driver’s height, sex, weight, age, medication, the number and type of drinks consumed, and the time period over which they were consumed. For many people, four or five drinks over the course of a few hours is enough to constitute an Extreme DUI.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REGULAR DUI AND EXTREME DUI IN ARIZONA
A Regular DUI is the charge for a driver whose BAC was between .08 and .149 at the time of arrest. The minimum standard penalties, e.g., fines and jail time, are higher for those charged with Extreme DUI. Judges are less likely to be lenient with drivers arrested with high BACs.
Once the Extreme BAC limit is reached in a DUI arrest, the driver’s vehicle will be impounded for 30 days. To retrieve the vehicle at the end of the 30 days, the driver must pay a $150 administrative fee as well as $15 per day in storage fees. If the driver doesn’t pick up the vehicle within 10 days, the tow lot may file for an abandonment title to the vehicle.
WHAT MAKES A DUI AN “EXTREME DUI”?
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Arizona DUI laws recognize that the risk of an accident increases along with a driver’s BAC. That’s why the standard DUI penalties are harsher once the driver hits the range of about twice the legal limit.
Besides the mandatory 30 day vehicle impound, one of the additional downsides of an Extreme DUI conviction is how jail time is sentenced. For a standard DUI, the minimum jail sentence is 10 days, but 9 of those days can be suspended for an alternative like parole or house arrest. An Extreme DUI conviction doesn’t allow for the possibility of suspension of jail time.
WHAT MAKES A DUI A “SUPER EXTREME DUI”?
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A Super Extreme DUI is the charge that drivers with a BAC of .20 or higher at the time of arrest will face. Just as the penalties are harsher for Extreme DUI than Standard DUI, the penalties for Super Extreme DUI are further increased.
The minimum punishments don’t increase dramatically between an Extreme DUI and a Super Extreme DUI. However, the judge is more likely to opt for stricter penalties the higher the driver’s BAC at the time of arrest.