Extreme DUI


A standard DUI in any state involves a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%. In Arizona, if you’re caught driving with a BAC of 0.15% or higher, you will be slapped with an Extreme DUI charge, which carries much heavier penalties than a standard DUI.

What is an extreme DUI in Arizona?
Being charged with an Extreme DUI in Arizona means you were caught driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle with a BAC above 0.15%, tested to within two hours of driving. While Extreme DUI is always charged as a third offense in addition to Count 1: DUI – Impaired, and Count 2: DUI – above a .08, it is still a misdemeanor charge and not a felony.

What penalties await those convicted of Arizona Extreme DUI?
An Extreme DUI not only refers to the level of alcohol but also to the penalties if one were to be convicted of such an offense. While Extreme DUI may be a misdemeanor, it does not mean the penalties upon conviction are light. An Extreme DUI conviction comes with nearly twice as many fines and fees as a 1st time regular DUI, and an Extreme DUI AZ first offense carries a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail, and a maximum sentence of six months.

1st Time Extreme DUI Sentence:

  • 30 days to 6 months in jail
  • Approx. $2,700 minimum in fines and fees
  • Alcohol Counseling
  • License Suspension
  • Possible Probation
  • Possible SR22 High-Risk Insurance required
  • Possible Community Service
  • One Year Ignition Interlock Device

2nd Time Extreme DUI Sentence:

– alleging a prior DUI conviction within seven years, although it doesn’t matter what type of prior DUI conviction it was (Regular / Extreme / Super Extreme), only what the new charge is):

  • 120 days to 6 months in jail
  • Approx. $3,700 minimum in fines and fees
  • Alcohol Counseling
  • License Suspension
  • Possible Probation
  • SR22 High-Risk Insurance required
  • Community Service
  • One Year Ignition Interlock Device

How often do extreme DUI cases get reduced?
Extreme DUI cases get reduced all the time, and this largely depends on many factors, including the individual facts of the case and the skills and experience of your Extreme DUI attorney.

The AZ DUI Team Attorneys have had Extreme DUI cases get reduced to Reckless Driving, and even had Extreme DUI cases dismissed in full. The AZ DUI Team Lawyers have also had Extreme DUI charges downgraded to Regular DUI. They have even had Extreme DUI cases where they got their client to spend only two days of the minimum 30-day sentence in jail, and the rest on Continuous Alcohol Monitoring. Indeed, there is quite a bit that can be done on an Extreme DUI case.

Keep in mind that with an experienced DUI Defense Lawyer – like the ones on the AZ DUI Team – even a required jail sentence can be reduced down with certain options, such as Home Arrest, Continuous Alcohol Monitoring, and Suspension of Sentence for Ignition Interlock Device, depending on the court and judge.

If you find yourself facing Extreme DUI charges, contact the AZ DUI Team now so they can help guide you through the legal process and prepare the best possible defense.

Get the services of an experienced Phoenix Extreme DUI attorney
Having the right DUI Defense Lawyer always comes into play, whether you’re facing first offense Extreme DUI Arizona charges or a second one. Experience counts, as it could mean the difference between an Extreme DUI conviction and a Regular DUI conviction, Reckless Driving conviction, or even a Not Guilty Verdict or Case Dismissed.

What sentence a person actually serves, if any, really depends on how much the DUI Defense Lawyer knows. That is why it is so important to have a knowledgeable, experienced  attorney representing you because you stand a better chance of beating the charge, or at least seeing it reduced.

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