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SUPER EXTREME DUI – 1ST TIME SUPER EXTREME DUI – ARIZONA REVISED STATUTE §28-1382

When a person gets pulled over by a police officer and a subsequent breathalyzer test shows him or her to have a blood alcohol concentration or BAC level of  .08% or more, he or she will be charged with a DUI or DWI in all states.

However, when the “more” overshoots the .20% BAC mark, a simple DUI charge would never suffice, not in the state of Arizona at least. As far as the laws of the Grand Canyon State are concerned, a BAC above .20% qualifies as a Super Extreme DUI, and its consequences definitely live up to the name of the charge.

WHY WAS THE SUPER EXTREME DUI CATEGORY CREATED?
The term Super Extreme DUI may not appear by name in any of the law books, but that is what Attorneys refer to as a DUI with a Blood Alcohol Content above a .20%. This DUI category was born out of a huge and growing drunk driving problem in Arizona, which ranked sixth in the number of alcohol-related fatalities in the United States in 2006. With the implementation of Super Extreme DUI laws in Arizona, the state now has some of the toughest DUI laws in the entire nation.

There are also statistics that show that the majority of deadly drunk driving crashes happen with drivers with a BAC of .15% or above. Staying in one’s lane becomes close to impossible when a driver has that much alcohol in his or her system, as vision, hearing, muscle control, and judgment are almost certainly impaired at that level. With the creation of the rather harsh Super Extreme DUI category, the State of Arizona is hoping to discourage people who drink copious amounts of alcohol from ever getting behind the wheel.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF A SUPER EXTREME DUI CONVICTION
The Legislature decided to punish those people who were tested to be above a .20 BAC within two hours of Driving or being in Actual Physical Control of a Vehicle. The Super Extreme DUI Arizona penalties for a conviction such as this are substantial.

Along with the required fines and fees, there is required alcohol counseling, an Ignition Interlock Device for a minimum of 18 months, and an enormous amount of jail time, even for a 1st Time Offense

A 1st time Arizona Super Extreme DUI has a sentencing range of 45 days, up to 6 months, in jail. While it is still considered a Misdemeanor, Arizona does consider this a very serious offense and wishes to severely drop a hammer on anyone who is behind the wheel of a vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content nearly three times the legal limit.

Here’s a list of what awaits anyone convicted of Super Extreme DUI:

1ST SUPER EXTREME DUI OFFENSE:

  • 45 days to 6 months in jail
  • Approx. $3,200 minimum in fines and fees
  • Alcohol Counseling
  • License Suspension
  • Possible Probation
  • Possible SR22 High-Risk Insurance required
  • Possible Community Service
  • 18 months Ignition Interlock Device

2ND SUPER EXTREME DUI OFFENSE

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):

  • Six months in jail
  • Approx. $3,200 minimum in fines and fees
  • Alcohol Counseling
  • License Suspension
  • Possible Probation
  • Possible SR22 High-Risk Insurance required
  • Possible Community Service
  • Two-year Ignition Interlock Device

WHAT IF YOU WERE ARRESTED FOR SUPER EXTREME DUI?
What can be done if you find yourself facing Super Extreme DUI Arizona charges? Like many things, it depends on a number of different factors, including the individual facts of the case, the court, the judge, and the DUI Defense Lawyer.

A Super Extreme DUI AZ charge is a pretty serious offense, but with the right DUI Defense Attorney, it is possible to navigate around the potential dangers and into something beneficial for the client.

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

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