DUI, Extreme and Super Extreme Charges in Arizona – What’s the Difference?
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a term that just about everyone is familiar with. The severity of the offense and its outcome, however, could lead to a specific charge. In Arizona, there’s DUI, aggravated DUI, extreme and super extreme charges. The most basic distinction can be made by examining the presence of aggravating circumstances, which could lead to super extreme charges in Arizona.
Definitions of DUI, Extreme and Super Extreme DUI
Driving under the influence (DUI) refers to the operation of a vehicle after taking alcohol or illegal drugs. In Arizona, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of the driver will have to be 0.08 percent or more for DUI to occur. For drivers of commercial vehicles, the BAC is lower – 0.04 percent. There’s a zero tolerance policy for drivers under the age of 21.
Extreme DUI refers to BAC levels way above these thresholds. A person will be charged with an extreme DUI whenever their BAC reading is between 0.15 and 0.20 percent. Even if such an offense is committed for the very first time, chances are that the consequences for the individual operating the vehicle will be serious.
There’s one more charge pertaining to driving under the influence and that’s super extreme DUI.
Super extreme DUI refers to cases in which the blood alcohol content of the individual operating the vehicle exceeds 0.2 percent.
A final distinction made in Arizona is aggravated DUI. This term refers to a driver that has been caught operating a vehicle while under the influence and while their license is either suspended or revoked. Two other factors will contribute to aggravated DUI, as well – committing a third DUI offense over the span of 84 months and committing a DUI while a passenger under the age of 15 is in the vehicle.
Each one of these charges comes with its own severity, thus the penalties for drivers are going to be different.
A person who’s stopped by Arizona police officers and refuses to do a BAC/breathalyzer test will typically have their license suspended. Such a suspension will last for 12 months in the case of a first-time offense and 24 months for second-time offenders.
Committing DUI for the first time will lead to a penalty that consists of up to 10 days in jail, a fine of up to 1,250 dollars, the completion of an alcohol screening/educational program and community service.
A person that commits DUI for the second time will face more serious consequences. The penalties in such a situation will include jail time of 90 days or more, a fine of 3,000 dollars, revocation of the driver’s license for at least 12 months, screening and education program, community service and the potential installation of an ignition interlock device.
People facing extreme DUI charges will face up to 30 days in jail, a fine of 2,500 dollars or more, alcohol screening and education program, community service and the installation of IID. For a second-time offender, the penalties will include at least 120 days in jail, a fine starting at 3,250 dollars, the other components of the penalty already mentioned and a driver’s license revocation.
Let’s take a look at the final category – super extreme charges in Arizona. First-time offenders will face a jail sentence of at least 45 days, a minimum fine of 500 dollars and the potential installation of an ignition interlock device. Repeat offenders face jail time of up to 120 days, a couple of fees, the installation of an ignition interlock device, license revocation and community service of at least 30 hours.
The final scenario is aggravated DUI. In that instance, the penalty for a first-time offender will consist of two years in prison, a driver’s license revocation for 12 months, community service and the installation of IID. In case of any doubts, immediately consult experienced Tucson DUI attorneys.