Woman Arrested Under AZ Extreme DUI Laws

az extreme dui lawsWe are following a developing story about an Arizona woman who was arrested after being suspected of driving on the rims of her wheels with two young children in the car with her. She has been charged with Extreme DUI and two counts of child abuse.

El Mirage police state that they saw a car being driven with from and back tires deflated so much that the car was riding on its rims. The woman was given a breathalyzer and had an alleged blood-alcohol content level of .154 percent, which is nearly double the legal limit of .08 percent.

Today, we want to talk about the implications of a DUI by reviewing the different level of charges that a person can get in Arizona when driving while impaired.

Are All DUIs the Same?

The state of Arizona takes charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs seriously. Unlike many other states, Arizona law provides for varying levels of DUI charges that depend on a person’s blood-alcohol level at the time of their arrest as well as other circumstances such as damages or injuries caused.

Standard DUI (BAC above .08%)

  • 10 days jail time
  • $1,500 fine
  • 90 license suspension
  • Interlock device for 1 year
  • Alcohol evaluation/treatment program

*A second offense for a standard DUI raises jail time to 90 days, the fee to $3,500, license suspension for 1 year, and adds 30 hours of community service.

Extreme DUI (BAC above .15%)

  • 30 days jail time
  • $2,780 fine
  • 90 license suspension
  • Interlock device for 1 year
  • Alcohol evaluation/treatment program

*A second offense for an extreme DUI raises jail time to 120 days, the fee to $3,740, license suspension for 1 year, and adds 30 hours of community service.

Super Extreme DUI (BAC above .20%)

  • 45 days jail time
  • $3,240 fine
  • 90 license suspension
  • Interlock device for 1 year
  • Alcohol evaluation/treatment program

*A second offense for a super extreme DUI raises jail time to 180 days, the fee to $4,650, license suspension for 1 year, requires an interlock device for 2 years, and adds 30 months of community service.

Aggravated DUI

A person will be charged with aggravated DUI if they are caught driving impaired:

  • While their license is suspended, revoked, or canceled
  • For a third DUI offense in 84 months
  • Are DUI while a person under 15 years of age is in the vehicle
  • And refuse to submit to a blood-alcohol content test while under an ignition interlock device requirement is in place.

Penalties for aggravate DUI charges vary widely and depend on the level of the charge:

  • If a person is charged with a Class 6 Misdemeanor, they could get anywhere from 18 months to 3 years of time in prison.
  • If a person is charged with a Class 2 Misdemeanor, the most severe punishment for aggravated assault, they could receive a sentence of 7 to 21 years in prison.

What You Can Do Now

We know that the last thing you thought you would have to deal with was a charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, if you do find yourself facing DUI charges, please seek legal assistance as quickly as possible. As you can see above, DUI charges can be confusing to deal with and understanding each level and their consequences can be confusing. A knowledgeable and experienced Arizona DUI defense attorney will be able to examine the facts of your case and determine the best path forward. You need someone by your side who will work to get your charges reduced or dismissed so you can avoid fines and jail time.

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