In Arizona, being charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is not as simple as one set of charges and penalties. There are a multitude of factors that can lead to felony charges when you are pulled over for a DUI. A DUI in the state of Arizona can be considered “extreme” or “aggravated,” beyond just a regular DUI case.
Extreme DUI penalties in Arizona are determined according to the severity of the crime, with a DUI rated as a regular misdemeanor, an aggravated DUI or extreme DUI.
Some of the possible penalties of a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) include:
Regardless of the severity of your DUI charges, from regular to super extreme, you need an experienced DUI lawyer on your side. Courts in Arizona take driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol very seriously and penalties can result in financial and occupational losses for years, as well as jail or prison time and other inconveniences.
A “regular” DUI wherein the driver has a BAC anywhere from 0.08 percent to 0.14 percent is usually just referred to as DUI in Arizona. This is a misdemeanor charge, but one that can still carry stiff penalties.
Penalties of a first time, regular DUI include:
A second offense brings the following penalties:
An aggravated DUI is a DUI with “aggravating factors” that are significant enough to convert misdemeanor charges into felony driving while under the influence.
Some aggravating factors present at the time of arrest leading to felony DUI include:
In Arizona, under Arizona Revised Statute 28-1383, drivers charge with aggravated DUI are usually fighting felony charges. The result of aggravated DUI in the state may include:
An extreme DUI charge is the direct result of the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. Unlike an aggravated DUI, an extreme DUI is not related to factors present at the time the driver was arrested.
When a driver is pulled over for driving under the influence in the state of Arizona and subsequently tests at a BAC level of .08 or higher, that driver receives a DUI ticket. But if the driver’s BAC is 0.15 percent or higher, the charge is extreme DUI. An even worse charge is that of super extreme DUI, which is the direct result of a 0.20 BAC or higher.
Extreme DUI is not a felony like aggravated DUI. It is still a misdemeanor. But extreme DUI holds stiff penalties that are much more severe than for regular DUI of drivers with BAC of between 0.08 percent and 0.14 percent.
Facing DUI charges will be one of the most frightening times of your life. Arizona holds drivers accountable for their behaviors with penalties that are designed to prevent recurrence of their negative actions. Immediately consulting with a DUI attorney as soon after your arrest as possible is highly recommended. You stand to lose too much, to take these matters lightly. Call the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor at 602.307.0808 for a free consultation regarding your case and the immediate help you need in court.