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In this short video, David Cantor explains 2nd Offense Super Extreme DUI Penalties in Arizona:

What is a Super Extreme DUI? Technically, in Arizona, we have an Extreme DUI, which is Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .15 up to .199, but there’s an enhancement provision in the statute: if you have a .20 BAC or above, according to A.R.S. §28-1382(D)(1) that’s called a Super Extreme DUI. Additionally, if you have a DUI with .20 BAC or higher, and you have one prior DUI in the last seven years, then you are subject to these following consequences and mandatory minimum penalties:

  • You’ll be facing 6 months in jail. That’s 180 days in jail with none of them suspended, meaning you have to serve every one of those days. The jail costs will be $14,500, and the fine and surcharge on top of that will be $4,649.
  • You will be required to do a substance abuse screening, and whatever classes they recommend. It is $50 for the screening. The 36 classes are the minimum, and they cost $585.
  • As far as the license suspension, you’ll get a one year license suspension, and then for the next two years after you get your license back, you’ll be required to have an ignition interlock device on your steering wheel, which will run $2,000 to $2,400 over that 2 years. Now, what is this device? It’s a breath testing device that you have to blow into on your steering wheel to start your car, and every 15 minutes after it’s running, you have to blow into it again to keep it running. Then, every 90 days, you’ll have to take it down and get it tested. They will download the chip to make sure that you haven’t been driving with alcohol in your system.
  • On top of all of that, your increased insurance costs will be $3,000 a year higher than it is now for the next 3 years, so that’s $9,000 in increased insurance costs. And the SR22 requirement, which is a reporting provision, where the insurance company will tell the DMV if you don’t maintain insurance. This will run you $500 a year, or $1,500 over your next 3 years.
  • Lastly, they will require you do 30 hours of community service.

So, if you are stopped and convicted of your Second Offense Super Extreme DUI A.R.S. §28-1382(D)(1), then served your 6 months jail time, paid your $14,500 in jail costs and another $4,600 in fines, and said “I will just take the bus,” it will still cost you $21,684 over the next 3 years. And if you do want to drive and decide to get insurance, add $9,000 on top of that. Now you’re up to $30,000, this is very serious stuff! Other repercussions: if you have a CDL, it will be gone, if you’re a doctor, nurse, pilot, lawyer, if you have a real estate license, if you’re a government or military, you will probably lose your job, lose your clearance, and lose your professional status.

Please visit our Case Victories section and you’ll see that we’ve handled thousands of these and many times we can prevent admission of the prior conviction, which means 180 days drops down to 45 days. Not only blow up the prior, but potentially reduce a super extreme or an extreme DUI to a regular DUI. Now jail time drops all the way down to 1 day in jail. Our firm has done this numerous times. So, if this applies to you, or a loved one, go to our site, fill out a contact form or give us a call at (602) 307-0808 and we will set-up a free initial consultation with you. Give us a call and we’ll take good care of you.



Driving under the influence is a dangerous thing to do, especially if the person driving is extremely drunk. If you or someone you know lives in Arizona, it’s a good idea to research the consequences of a first offense super extreme DUI (A.R.S. §28-1382) before anyone does something they’ll regret.

Watch this short video of David Cantor explaining the First Super Extreme DUI Penalties:

Super Extreme DUI: Penalties

What are the penalties for a Super Extreme DUI in Arizona? First, a DUI is considered “super extreme” if the blood alcohol content of a driver is 0.20 or more. If you get convicted of a super extreme DUI and have not had any other DUI convictions within the last seven years, you’re mandatory minimum sentence will be 45 days in jail. You’ll also have to pay back jail costs of at least $3,750 and additional fines of $3,244. You will then have to pay $50 to have a substance abuse screening, plus another $585 so you can take 36 alcohol abuse classes.

For three months after you’re convicted, you won’t be able to drive. Once you get your license back, you’ll have to have an ignition interlock device hooked up to your car, which can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $1,800. This means you’ll have to do a breath test every time you start your car and in 15 minute intervals if you’re driving for longer than a quarter of an hour. An SR22 policy is also required. You’ll have to pay a $500 fee every year for three years (for a total of $1,500) so your insurance agency can contact the DMV if you somehow stop being insured. Speaking of insurance, yours will go up $3,000 for each of the next three years because of your conviction (for a total of $9,000!).

A lot of these fees are only applicable if you decide you want to drive after you get your license back. If you decide to forego driving for a few years, you will still owe $9,429 for your DUI. It’ll be much more if you decide to own and insure a car – $19,929.

The State of Arizona is very strict when it comes to driving under the influence. Even if you think you’re capable to drive, just remember that $20 for a taxi is much better than paying the state and your insurance company $20,000(!!) once you are convicted of a DUI in Arizona.

The only way to reduce the fines and penalties is to fight the DUI with the help of a DUI Defense lawyer. To get a Free Consultation for a Super Extreme DUI in Arizona, call DM Cantor at (602) 307-0808 or send us an email. Our offices are available 24 hours a day.

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April 2, 2013

In Arizona, the maximum blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is legally allowed while driving or operating a motor vehicle is 0.08 percent. Any violation of this law is a criminal offense and could result in a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction. The penalties for a DUI conviction will usually be based on the BAC level of the offender. Arizona law lists the qualifications and penalties for a DUI, an Extreme DUI, and a Super Extreme DUI.

What are the qualifications for an Extreme DUI?

Pursuant to §28-1382 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, an Extreme DUI charge requires a BAC of 0.15 percent or above within two hours after driving a motor vehicle. Meanwhile, a BAC of 0.20 percent or above qualifies as a Super Extreme DUI charge in Arizona. To violate the law, the blood alcohol concentration must result from alcohol that has been consumed either before or while actually driving the vehicle.

What are the penalties for a first-time Extreme DUI?

A first-time Extreme DUI violation is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor. It will result in at least 30 consecutive days in jail or a maximum of six months. All offenders are required to pay a minimum fine of $250 plus certain financial penalties. Additionally, the individual will have his or her driving license suspended for 90 days. After 30 days, an individual who meets certain eligibility requirements will be allowed to receive limited driving privileges. Then, at the end of the 90 days, the court might require that an ignition interlock device be placed on the person’s vehicle for at least one year.

What are the penalties for a second- time Extreme DUI?

The penalties for an Extreme DUI are increased for anyone who has a prior DUI conviction within the previous seven years. The minimum jail time, for example, is 120 days. Additionally, the offender is required to pay a minimum fine of $500 plus additional financial penalties. A person convicted of a second-offense Extreme DUI will have his or her driving license suspended for at least one year and will not be eligible to receive any temporary driving privileges. An ignition interlock device will be placed on the person’s vehicle at the end of the one year period.

The penalties for a Super Extreme DUI include at least 45 consecutive days in jail and a minimum fine of $500. Anyone who is convicted of either an Extreme DUI or a Super Extreme DUI might be required to undergo substance abuse counseling.

Please contact our offices if you or someone you know has an Extreme DUI charge in Arizona. To schedule a free consultation with a DUI Attorney, please call our offices 24 hours a day at (602) 307-0808. You can also email us through our secure and confidential email form.

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