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Driving under the influence is a pretty common crime, with thousands of people getting arrested for a DUI every day across the United States. Most states have similar DUI laws, but if there’s one state where you wouldn’t want to be arrested for a DUI, it would have to be Arizona. That’s because Arizona is not only a zero tolerance state, it’s also home to the harshest DUI laws in the country.
To prove how tough its DUI laws are, Arizona is one of the only states in the U.S. with a super extreme DUI charge on the books.
A person caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more will be automatically slapped with a regular DUI charge. Some drunk drivers, however, have way higher alcohol levels in their system when caught. If your BAC reaches .20% or higher, the officer will book you for Super Extreme DUI. And if you are arrested for super extreme DUI in Phoenix, you should assume prosecutors are going to seek the maximum penalty.
Super extreme DUI arose out of a need for the State of Arizona to address its huge and worsening drunk driving problem in the mid-2000s when deaths in alcohol-related accidents steadily rose. Authorities have taken note that many of the deadly crashes were caused by drunk drivers with BAC of .15% or higher. With that much alcohol in the bloodstream, a person is obviously impaired and will have a time hard driving as alcohol affects his or her vision, muscle control and coordination, and judgment.
With that, the State of Arizona created the Super Extreme DUI classification, instantly giving itself a reputation as a state that does not mess around when it comes to drunk driving.
Strangely enough, a super extreme DUI charge is still categorized as a misdemeanor. However, while super extreme DUI is classified as a misdemeanor in Arizona, the consequences can be more severe than some felony convictions. That’s why it is absolutely critical to speak with an experienced attorney at the earliest possible opportunity if you don’t want to suffer the super extreme DUI Arizona penalties, which include:
Extended Jail Time –With a basic DUI conviction, the minimum jail term is just one day. However, a super extreme DUI conviction comes with a 45-day minimum jail term and maximum of six months. In some cases, someone could be eligible for work release or home detention.
License Suspension—A super extreme DUI Arizona conviction also means your license will be suspended for at least 90 days. If you depend on your vehicle to get to and from work, this could have a severe impact on your professional life.
Ignition Interlock Device—Even when driving privileges are restored, those convicted of super extreme DUI are required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their personal vehicle for a minimum of 18 months. If you are convicted, you’ll also be responsible for the cost of installation and maintenance fees.
Fines and fees—For most people, the financial burden of a DUI conviction is the one that really hurts. For a first-time super extreme DUI conviction, you will likely be made to pay a minimum of $3,200 in fines and fees.
Being Charged Is Not the Same as Being Convicted
It’s important to remember that being charged with super extreme DUI doesn’t mean you are going to be convicted. If police didn’t follow proper procedure, gather evidence correctly or if the equipment used to test your BAC was unreliable, your case could be dismissed.
The experienced super extreme DUI lawyers with The Arizona Criminal Law Team know what to look for when it comes to gathering evidence that could help you and discovering flaws or mistakes made by law enforcement. A Phoenix super extreme DUI lawyer will help you understand your rights and fight to protect those rights.
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Make no mistake: A conviction will make life hard for you and the people you care about. Your reputation, job, freedom and driving privileges are at risk. Never take a super extreme DUI charge lightly and always talk to a skilled and experienced super extreme DUI attorney Arizona residents rely on before speaking with anyone else.
Contact The Arizona Criminal Law Team today to schedule your free consultation. Don’t try to face such a serious charge on your own. You owe it to yourself to make sure your rights are protected. Don’t let a conviction ruin your life.