In 2006, Arizona had the sixth-highest count of fatalities resulting from driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. The state addressed the issue by placing more stringent penalties on individuals with DUI charges that were particularly troublesome. One way they accomplished this strategy was through the introduction of the ‘super extreme’ DUI offender class.
The severe nature of these charges increases fines and jail time for a convicted defendant. Do not leave your case to chance or inexperienced counsel. Discuss your options with a super extreme DUI lawyer in Phoenix, AZ today.
In the meantime, you may find the information below about super extreme DUIs to be helpful.
How is a Super Extreme DUI Different than a Regular DUI?
Police officers assess your level of impairment by measure your blood alcohol content (BAC). Results above .08% indicate to the responding officer that you are driving while under the influence and should be arrested for DUI. Penalties for a regular DUI conviction include up to 180 days in jail, fines, and a 90-day license suspension.
Extreme DUI vs. Super Extreme DUI in Arizona
The State of Arizona can charge you with an extreme DUI if your BAC is between .150 to .199. The minimum required jail time for this type of conviction is 30 days. Penalties increase sharply, as well.
Penalties and Fines
Individuals who have a BAC higher than .20% face super extreme DUI charges. In this scenario, a convicted person spends a minimum of 45 days in jail. Fines increase steeply, and you cannot serve any of your time by completing a treatment program.
Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
In addition to hefty fines and mandatory jail sentences, there are other hurdles that super extreme DUIs bring to the table. For example, you must install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle.
In short, you blow into the device that checks your BAC for the presence of alcohol before the vehicle can start. You can expect to pay between $100-$200 for the device installation as well as pay a monthly subscription fee of $100 on top of that.
Most IIDs remain in the vehicle for 18 to 24 months. Maintaining the IID alone costs around $2,500 in addition to court costs, attorneys’ fees, fines, and other restitution as allowable by law.
Discussing Your Case with a Super Extreme DUI Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ
It is intimidating to face the courtroom alone when you have been charged with super extreme DUI in Arizona. You might even have a defensible case that can result in dropped or reduced charges. Access to justice does not have to be for a privileged few.
Schedule a Consultation with an Attorney
Discuss your case with Shah Law Firm, PLLC. The firm’s founder, Arja Shah, is a leading super extreme DUI lawyer in Phoenix, AZ, known for her aggressive and thorough disposition in court. You can learn more about your options by calling (602) 560-7408 or by sending a message through the firm’s request form.