Apart from ordinary DUI charges, which are extremely serious, there are harsher DUI charges such as a super extreme DUI charge. A super extreme DUI charge comes with more severe penalties. An ordinary DUI usually entails a license suspension and the possibility of some jail time, but a super extreme DUI carries with it increased jail time and fees. In Arizona, DUIs are considered extremely serious and may also require the addition of an ignition interlock device into a vehicle. An ignition interlock device prevents the starting of a car until the driver completes a breath analysis test. Not all states have a classification for a super extreme DUI, but Arizona does.
Not all drivers charged with a DUI will face the same penalties. A DUI is often based on the following criteria:
What Is a Super Extreme DUI?
In the state of Arizona, a driver is considered to be driving under the influence if their blood alcohol content is at or over .08 percent. Once a driver’s BAC exceeds .15 percent, they are charged with an extreme DUI. A super extreme DUI will occur if a driver’s BAC is at or in excess of .2 percent. The penalties and fines related to this type of charge are severe because a driver at this BAC level is considered to be extremely impaired. Arizona is one of only a handful of states that have this type of charge.
What Are the Consequences of a Super Extreme DUI?
- 45 to 180 days in jail.
- An estimate of $3,000 in fines.
- 90 day license suspension.
- An ignition interlock device for a year and a half.
- Probation of up to five years.
The ramifications of a super extreme DUI are incredibly serious and will go up if it was a second or third offense. Those that are charged with a super extreme DUI should strongly consider acquiring professional representation. The minimum jail time for this type of charge is 45 days, but an attorney may be able to get this reduced. A license suspension and the installation of an ignition interlock device will also be mandatory.
Additional Factors to be Considered
A DUI can become a felony with the addition of certain factors. Those that have multiple DUIs within a certain time frame or those that had a child in the car at the time of the DUI charge may be charged with a felony DUI in Arizona. This is also true if someone is injured or killed while the driver was under the influence.
How Does a Lawyer Help With a Super Extreme DUI?
There are many ways a DUI attorney can help a driver fight their charges of a super extreme DUI. The blood alcohol level of the driver could be called into question and charges could consequently be reduced to an extreme DUI or even just a DUI. Attorneys can request that a driver be given house arrest rather than jail time, which is much more comfortable. Lawyers can also get evidence suppressed and can argue for lessened fines or lesser penalties. If a driver is facing license suspension, an attorney may be able to help them get a restricted license that allows them to drive to work or school. Those facing a super extreme DUI may wish to acquire an attorney for their defense rather than face the charges alone.
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