Defense for Tough DUI Charges in Arizona
Under Arizona law, driving under the influence (DUI) is categorized in levels of severity. Standard DUI is escalated to Extreme DUI when a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) surpasses 0.15 but is still less than 0.20. An Extreme DUI charge is one of the most serious offenses and it carries harsh penalties.
These penalties can severely impact a person’s life if they are convicted. If you have been charged with Extreme DUI in Mesa, speak to contact McPhie Law as soon as possible.
Penalties for Extreme DUI in Arizona
Even for drivers on a first offense, an Extreme DUI conviction may yield substantial penalties. Arizona lawmakers consider Extreme and Super Extreme DUI as serious crimes, and prosecutors aggressively pursue convictions, even for those with an otherwise clean criminal history.
The minimum penalties for a first-time Extreme DUI include:
- 30 days of jail time, which might be reduced to nine days upon completion of a mandatory court-ordered alcohol or drug screening, education, or treatment program
- Over $2,500 in fines and assessment fees
- Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)
- Compulsory community service
- Mandatory traffic survival school course and associated costs
- One-year suspension of driver’s license
For second-time offenders, the penalties increase to a minimum of 120 days in jail and a maximum of $4,000 in fines and fees. A third DUI of any type within seven years triggers felony charges that carry a minimum of four months in prison for conviction.
In addition to the aforementioned penalties, Extreme DUI may have other life-changing consequences, including but not limited to:
- Increased auto insurance premiums (by thousands of dollars per year)
- Loss of income, from an inability to attend work to loss of employment
- Loss of future career and professional opportunities
- Reputation damage
- Personal and family relationship damage
If you have been charged with Extreme DUI, obtain help from an experienced criminal defense firm to give yourself a chance for a positive outcome of your case.
Arizona Breathalyzer & Blood Tests
If an officer stops a driver and administers a breath test or takes a blood sample, they must adhere to Arizona laws regarding using, maintaining, and testing breathalyzers and taking blood. Officers that fail to follow required practices create an opening for Extreme DUI defense attorneys to challenge the results, possibly leading to the prosecutor dropping the charges.
The officer might have administered the breath test wrong, the machine might not have been calibrated correctly, or the officer conducting the test may not have been properly trained on how to use the machine. Furthermore, Arizona law bars officers from taking a blood sample for a DUI blood alcohol content test without a warrant. If an officer took blood without the defendant’s consent, the results might be inadmissible in court.
Hire Our Mesa Extreme DUI Lawyers
If you have been charged with Extreme DUI, you have a lot on the line. It is crucial to get a qualified advocate to help you challenge the charges and protect your future. Let the experienced legal team at McPhie Law review your case. A solid defense takes time, so the sooner you take charge of your case, the better your results may be.