In the State of Arizona any DUI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .150 to .199 is an Extreme DUI (A.R.S. §28-1382). The Extreme DUI charge will be considered a first offense, assuming you don’t have any prior DUI convictions in the last 7 years.
Here’s a short video of David explaining the punishments for 1st Offense Extreme DUI in Arizona:
The consequences of a First Offense Extreme DUI is 30 days in jail, although 21 days can be suspended if you install an ignition interlock device. If not, the 30 days in jail will cost you $2,500. The fines and surcharges are $2,787, and the screening for substance abuse classes is $50. The court can give you between 16 and 36 hours, but it is almost always 36 hours, and the costs are $585. You will also lose your license for a minimum of three months, and when your license is reinstated you will need to get an ignition interlock device if you haven’t already, which you have to blow into every time you start your car and every fifteen minutes thereafter. That costs $1,000 to $1,200, and you have to take the device in every 90 days so the data can be downloaded and analyzed to ensure you have not been driving with alcohol in your system.
You will also need to maintain an SR-22 insurance policy, which is a special type of high-risk insurance where the insurance company contacts the DMV should your insurance lapse at any time. The SR-22 insurance costs $500 per year, and you need to maintain it for three years, totaling $1,500. In addition to that, your insurance will go up $3,000 per year for the next three year – that’s another $9,000.
After receiving a First Offense Extreme DUI if you simply avoid driving and take public transportation, you will still have to pay $7,500 to the government and state agencies. If you decide to continue to drive once your license has been reinstated, you will have to pay a total of approximately $17,622 over three years.
If you have a CDL, or commercial driver’s license, you’ll lose it. If you’re a doctor, nurse, pilot, lawyer, have a real estate license, an SEC license, government, military – it’s going to affect your job, especially if you do outside sales. For insight into how DM Cantor can help you, browse the victory section on our website, DMCantor.com, to see how our firm gets cases dismissed completely or reduced from an extreme DUI to a regular DUI, which saves thousands of dollars and 29 days in jail. In some cases, extreme DUIs can be reduced to reckless driving, which requires just a fine.
Hiring a lawyer to defend a First Offense Extreme DUI charge is crucial, because you don’t want to end up subjected to this harsh punishment:
- 30 days in jail: $3,400
- DUI Fines: approximately $3,300
- Requirement to install an ignition interlock system: $1,500
- Alcohol Screening: $100
- Up to 36 hours of alcohol education classes: $1,000
- SR-22 Policy $500 per year: $1,500
- Increase Car Insurance Premiums $3,000 per year: $9,000
If you choose to legally drive after a conviction for a First Offense Misdemeanor Extreme DUI then you are looking at approximately $19,800 in costs associated with the sentence.
If you are faced with these circumstances please give our office a call at (602) 307-0808 to get a Free Case Review. We’re also available 24 hours a day via answering service or by using our secure web form.