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What are the penalties for an Extreme & Super Extreme DUI/DWI in Arizona?

An Extreme or Super Extreme DUI/DWI in Arizona has lifelong consequences and according to comparative reports, Arizona has some of the harshest sentences for an Extreme DWI in the country. However, before we move on to discuss the penalties associated with an Extreme or Super Extreme DUI, let’s have a look at what comprises of an Extreme or Super Extreme DUI in Arizona.

What is an Extreme or Super Extreme DUI/DWI Charge in Arizona?

If an individual is arrested with a BAC level between 0.15 and 0.19 percent, it is considered an Extreme DUI in Arizona. An Extreme DUI has harsher consequences, which include increased fines, jail cost and other fees. These penalties differ for a First Extreme DUI and a Second Extreme DUI.

In Arizona, a Super Extreme DUI is when an individual is arrested with a BAC of 0.20 or more. The legal limit allowed in Arizona is 0.08%, so a Super Extreme DUI is two and a half times the legal limit and carries even harsher penalties and fines.

Penalties for Extreme DUI

A first Extreme DUI offense in Arizona includes a minimum fine of $2,500 along with other fees and jail costs. The offender has to serve a mandatory of 30 days in jail, part of which can be suspended if the offender has an ignition interlock installed in the vehicle. The offender also faces a loss of their driver’s license for 90 days and is required to install an Ignition interlock device for a year.

A second Extreme DUI offense in Arizona within 7 years of a previous conviction includes a minimum fine of $3,250 along with jail costs and other fees. The offender has to serve mandatory 120 days in jail and their driving privileges are also suspended for a minimum of 1 year. Moreover, the offender is required to install an ignition interlock device for 18 months.

Penalties for Super Extreme DUI

A first Super Extreme DUI requires the offender to pay $3,250 fine along with other fees and jail costs. The offender is required to serve 6 months in jail and their driving privileges are suspended for a minimum of 1 year. The offender is also required to install an Ignition interlock for 2 years.

A Second Super Extreme DUI conviction, after any previous DUI conviction, carries a $3,750 fine along with other fees and jail costs. The offender is required to serve 6 months in jail and their driving privileges are suspended for a minimum of 1 year. The offender is also required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for 24 months.

The state of Arizona has one of the strictest laws in the country when it comes to DUI. Extreme cases of DUI are critical and lead to fatal crashes as the person’s ability to stay in their lane is severely compromised. These harsh laws are in place to discourage people from driving after drinking a large amount of alcohol. The best advice to stay away from extreme punishment is not to drink and drive.

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