Arizona Standard, Extreme DUI And Aggravated DUI


In Arizona, DUI charges are complex. Many factors lead to felony DUI charges, with those often being considered as “extreme” or “aggravated” beyond a standard DUI case.

The penalties for your DUI sentencing are determined by your crime’s severity. The levels of severity include misdemeanor, aggravated DUI, extreme DUI and even super-extreme DUI.

Penalties of Arizona DUI conviction include:

  • Jail or prison time
  • Probation or parole
  • Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license
  • Mandatory use of an ignition interlock device in each of your personally owned vehicles
  • Required expensive SR22 auto insurance
  • Required driving school
  • Community service
  • Vehicle impounding
  • Thousands of dollars in fees and fines

For Arizona DUI you need an aggressive and highly experienced criminal defense DUI attorney, one with a track record of success. Courts in Arizona take driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol very seriously. Penalties for these crimes can lead to financial and career losses for years. You also stand to experience jail or prison time.

Arizona Misdemeanor DUI

A “regular” DUI in Arizona is a misdemeanor, one wherein the driver has a BAC anywhere from 0.08 percent to 0.14 percent.

Penalties of a first time, regular DUI include:

  • 24 hours to 10 days in jail
  • Fines of at least $250
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for up to 360 days

Penalties of a second offense include:

  • At least 30 days up to 90 days in jail
  • Fines of at least $500
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for a year

What is an Aggravated DUI?

An aggravated DUI is one with “aggravating factors” major enough to change misdemeanor charges into felony DUI.

Some aggravating factors include:

  • Multiple convictions for DUI in past seven years
  • DUI with a passenger under age 15
  • DUI with suspended, revoked or restricted license at the time of the DUI
  • DUI causing damage to another person or property
  • DUI without your previously court-ordered ignition interlock device

Sentencing for these charges include:

  • At least four months in state prison
  • Fines of $750 or more
  • License suspension or revocation
  • Court-ordered installation of an ignition interlock device
  • As many as ten years of probation or parole

Extreme DUI in Arizona

An extreme DUI charge occurs when the driver’s BAC level is 0.15 percent or higher. An even worse charge is that of super extreme DUI, occurring when the driver’s DUI involves 0.20 BAC or higher. Extreme DUI is not a felony, instead being a misdemeanor. But extreme DUI brings stiff penalties.

Sentencing for extreme DUI charges include:

  • At least 30 days in jail
  • Fines and assessments of $500 or more
  • Other state assessments of $2000 or more
  • License suspension or revocation
  • Court-ordered installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Required community service

Super extreme DUI sentencing includes:

  • At least 45 days in jail
  • Fines and assessments of $1000 or more
  • Other state assessments of $2000 or more
  • License suspension or revocation
  • Court-ordered installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Required community service

Get the Help of an Experienced DUI Attorney

Facing DUI charges is terrifying. Arizona holds drivers responsible for their behaviors behind the wheel, using stiff penalties to prevent recurrence. You need to talk with an aggressive, highly experienced DUI criminal defense lawyer right away.

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