Arizona’s Super Extreme DUI – What You Need to Know

Arizona was recently found to have the most severe DUI laws in the US. One of the provisions that led to this finding is the introduction of a ‘super extreme’ DUI into state law.

Penalties for a Super Extreme DUI

A super extreme DUI offence involves a suspect who has a BAC level of 0.20% or higher. Being charged with this DUI means that you face more severe penalties and longer mandatory jail sentences.

For the first offence, the penalties include:

Mandatory jail time of 45 consecutive days, with the offender eligible for home detention after three days

$3,750 jail fees, which include monitoring fee and detention costs

Fines and fees of $3,244

Substance abuse screening at a cost of $50

36 sessions of mandatory alcohol abuse classes costing $585

90-day license suspension including 30 days in which the offender is prohibited from driving: For the remaining period, the offender may be permitted restricted driving

18-month installation of an interlock ignition device costing $1,800

Three years mandatory SR-22, costing a total of $1,500 or $500 annually – This is a certificate of insurance that state DMV requires for high-risk policies

A $3,000 annual increase in auto insurance rates for the next three years, totaling $9,000

A maximum of five years of probation

Possible impoundment of your car

For a second offence, the penalties include:

180 days of mandatory jail time, with eligibility for home detention after 36 days

Around $4,650 jail fees, fines, and other costs

Around $2,500 super extreme fees, fines, and surcharges

$50 screening for substance abuse

36 mandatory sessions of alcohol abuse classes costing $585

One year driver’s license suspension that includes non-issuance of work permit during this period

24-month installation of an interlock ignition device at a cost of $2,400

3 years mandatory SR-22

A minimum three-year increase in auto insurance rates; at a cost of $3,000 annually, this will cost at least $9,000

Possible impoundment of your car

May be required to attend a Victim Impact Panel held by MADD at a cost of $100

These penalties may be further enhanced if there are particular circumstances, such as driving without a valid license or the presence of a minor in the vehicle.

The Importance of An Experienced Attorney

If you are going to be charged with a super extreme DUI, it is important that you retain the services of an attorney with experience in handling these cases. Attorney Gary L. Rohlwing is a defense attorney with over 30 years experience in practicing law. In addition to having handled over 3,500 cases, he has provides legal defense services in Peoria and Avondale.

Attorney Rohlwing has extensive experience in DUI cases. He will examine your case in detail to determine the best way to handle it, whether that is to go to trial or take a plea bargain for a lesser offence.

You can get in touch with the Law Offices of Attorney Gary L. Rohlwing at (623) 937-1692. Your initial consultation with him is free so you can discuss your case and gain insight into your possible options.

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