Many people think that DUI laws in Arizona are similar to other states. They are wrong. They don’t realize that Arizona has unique DUI laws that are stricter compared to most other states. Penalties for a DUI conviction in Arizona are also stiffer compared to many other states.
Arizona created new misdemeanor DUI crimes known as Extreme DUI and Super Extreme DUI in 2007. A person must have an alcohol concentration ranging from 0.15% to 0.20% to be charged with Extreme DUI. A person must have an alcohol concentration of 0.20% or greater to be charged with Super Extreme DUI.
Obviously, you will face stiffer penalties with a super extreme DUI charge compared to a regular DUI or Extreme DUI. Conviction will almost always lead to some jail time. More than the jail time, fine, and penalties, however, having a criminal record may cause a more lasting stigma.
Bear in mind that alcohol concentration testing need not be performed where you were stopped as long as it is done within 2 hours from the time you drove a car.
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, various alcohol concentration levels have different effects on a person’s ability to drive. For example, having a 0.08% alcohol concentration in your system will impair your ability to drive safely. Therefore, a 0.08 level is considered a DUI in every state. An alcohol concentration level of 0.15% or higher can make you a lot more dangerous on the road. In 2012 alone, more than 50% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes registered an alcohol concentration level of at least 0.15%.
The CDC reports that at 0.15% alcohol concentration level, you will have much less muscle control than usual. Your sense of balance will likewise be adversely affected. You will experience considerable impairment in controlling your car, paying attention to your driving, and processing the audio and visual information needed to drive safely. A man weighing around 160 pounds would need to consume around 7 alcoholic beverages in an hour to reach an alcohol concentration level of 0.15%.
If you are charged with an Extreme or Super Extreme DUI, remember not to plead guilty before a competent Extreme DUI attorney like Gary Rohlwing has examined your case thoroughly. Many factors can impact the admissibility of evidence in your case. Some are whether you were legally stopped, the breath or blood test was accurate, or the search was legal.
A reliable practice like the Law Offices of Gary L. Rohlwing can make sure that your rights are always protected throughout the proceedings. He can help you get the best results to either avoid a conviction or mitigate the penalties if you are convicted.
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