In many states throughout the country, motorists who drive under the influence
of alcohol can face enhanced charges and penalties if there are aggravating
circumstances involved in their case. In the eyes of the law, these aggravating
circumstances typically include situations where others are hurt or can
be potentially harmed.
Because law enforcement wants to deter individuals from putting others
at risk of suffering preventable harm, they enforce tough laws. When it comes to
DUI, this means tough laws for motorists who drive with higher blood alcohol
content (BAC) levels. Authorities understand that the higher the BAC,
the more dangerous a driver - which is why they make the penalties increasingly severe.
In Arizona, drivers can face enhanced penalties for high BAC levels under
unique charges known as Extreme and Super Extreme DUI:
Extreme DUI - A driver can face Extreme DUI charges when their BAC is between .15 and
.19. Penalties for Extreme DUIs will increase over those of standard DUIs
to include up to $6,000 in fines, up 30 days in jail, a 90-day driver’s
license suspension, and installation of an ignition interlock device for one year.
Super Extreme DUI - Super Extreme DUIs can be charged when drivers have a BAC level of .20
or more. Penalties can increase to $8,300 in fines, up to 45 days in jail,
90-day driver’s license suspension, and installation of an ignition
interlock device for 18 months.
As the penalties make it clear, Arizona law enforcement takes Extreme and
Super Extreme DUIs very serious. These penalties may also be intensified
if drivers have prior convictions, minor passengers, or if they hurt or
kill another while driving under the influence.
At Knowles Law Firm, PLC, our Phoenix DUI lawyers understand there’s
a lot at stake when it comes to cases of Extreme and Super Extreme DUI.
If you or someone you know is facing these charges in Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale,
or any of the surrounding areas of Arizona,
contact our legal team for a free case evaluation.