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Extreme or Super Extreme DUI in Kingman and Bullhead City

The state of Arizona has exhibited through legislation and enforcement that it has an incredibly low tolerance for motorists who drive impaired. The state's anti-DUI efforts seem to expand every year, with the creation of more sobriety checkpoints and saturation polls. Local police officers are trained to aggressively pursue and detain drivers whom they suspect are driving while drunk or “drugged” on state roadways, while prosecutors aim to pin alleged offenders with the harshest sentences possible. And these actions are all carried out in an effort to alleviate the pressure placed on state legislatures by vocal advocacy groups and a society who has a tendency to treat drivers charged with DUI charges as if they are guilty before a trial ensues.

With the state's keen interest in arresting motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it's possible that you may have found yourself in a situation where you have witnessed those red and blue lights flashing behind you. And before you know it, you are facing DUI charges that carry exceptionally harsh penalties. You are not alone. Thousands of drivers are arrested within Arizona state lines every year for different variations of a DUI. This is why it's important for you, as a driver, to know your rights and understand how important it is for you to protect these rights with the assistance of legal representation. The representation of an experienced attorney who understands complex Arizona DUI law can make all the difference when defending and mitigating these charges.

For the purposes of this article, we'll expound on two common charges many have acquired in the state of Arizona: extreme DUIs and super extreme DUIs.

Arizona DUI Law

Most drivers are aware of the legal blood alcohol concentration limits imposed upon drivers in Arizona. If the typical non-commercial motorist is caught driving with a BAC of 0.08% or over, he or she will most likely be issued a standard DUI. For a commercial motorist, the legal limit is 0.04% or higher, and for drivers under the age of 21, any detection of alcohol is illegal and will not be tolerated. These laws are consistent with the legislation implemented in every state across the country.

However, most drivers may not be aware of what acquiring charges of an extreme DUI or super extreme DUI entails. And how these charges could potentially compromise a driver's livelihood, driving rights and freedom.

Extreme DUI

In order to be charged with an extreme DUI, a police officer must find through the use of a breathalyzer, blood, or urine test that a driver has a BAC between the span of 0.15% to 0.20%. The charge is only justified if it can be proven that a driver had been drinking within two hours that they have been found in physical control of a vehicle. Therefore, during an investigation, a police may ask around what time the alleged intoxicated driver had consumed alcohol. Any inclination or insinuation that this consumption occurred within a two-hour span of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is justification for receiving an extreme DUI charge in the eyes of the law.

Extreme DUI Penalties

There is a common misconception that an extreme DUI is classified as a felony. This is not true. In fact, this charge is classified under Arizona law as a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is the same categorization as a standard DUI. Nevertheless, this charge is still treated as a serious offense.

Here is a general idea of the penalties a motorist may be facing when charged with an extreme DUI:

First Time Extreme DUI

  • 30 days to six months spent in a county jail
  • Up to five years of probation
  • A fine of at least $1,500
  • A drug and alcohol screening
  • Driver's license suspension for 90 days
  • The installation of an ignition interlock device

Subsequent Extreme DUI

  • Four months to six months in a county jail
  • Up to five years of probation
  • A fine of at least $1,500
  • A drug and alcohol screening
  • Driver's license suspension for one year
  • The installation of an ignition interlock device

Super Extreme DUI

Super extreme DUIs are also classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor in Arizona. In order to be charged with a super extreme DUI, a person must have been found to have a BAC of a .20% or higher within two hours of driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle.

Super Extreme DUI Penalties

A motorist will be facing the following penalties in the event that they are charged with a super extreme DUI:

First Time Super Extreme DUI

  • 45 days to six months spent in a county jail
  • A fine of at least $3,200
  • A drug and alcohol screening
  • Driver's license suspension
  • The installation of an ignition interlock device

Subsequent Super Extreme DUI

  • At least six months spent in jail
  • A fine of at least $3,200
  • A drug and alcohol screening
  • Driver's license suspension
  • The installation of an ignition interlock device

It's important to note that the circumstances surrounding a DUI case may lead to penalties that differ from the general list of repercussions described above.

Experienced Arizona DUI Defense Attorneys

We, at the law offices of Shawn B. Hamp, understand that facing DUI charges in the state of Arizona is very intimidating. A lot is at stake, including your driving privileges, future employment opportunities, and even your freedom. Let us weigh your options and assist you through the legal process to increase your chances of a favorable outcome. Contact us today for a consultation.

Contact Us Today

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime you may be feeling frightened, anxious, and uncertain of what your future holds. The competent and experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Shawn B. Hamp can help you during this difficult time. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients and providing excellent legal representation to those who have been accused of a crime. Contact our firm today to discuss your case in a free case consultation.

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