If the police say that your blood alcohol content was .15 or greater, you now face a legal crisis. If you are convicted of DUI with a BAC at this level, enhanced criminal and civil sanctions will apply. Drunk driving where BAC is between .15 and .199 (double the amount for "ordinary" DUI) is considered to be "extreme DUI."
Extreme DUI Penalties Are Severe
Arizona DUI laws are tough on convicted drunk drivers. At the extreme DUI level, a driver is considered to be an immediate risk to the public, and penalties reflect that point of view:
- 30 to 180 days in jail
- Reimbursement of jail costs
- Other fines and fees
- Probation of up to five years
- 30-day impounding of the vehicle
- License suspension of 90 days to one year (with a work permit possible after 30 days)
- 12-month ignition interlock requirement after reinstatement of driver's license
Aiming for the Best Outcome
The best outcome for you if you were charged with extreme DUI will most likely mean challenging the BAC in an attempt at dismissal or reduction of the charges. Your case may need to go to trial. A lawyer with ample experience handling extreme DUI cases is essential. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation and preliminary case analysis.
Phoenix Drunk Driving Lawyer Offers Aggressive Extreme DUI Defense
Rosenstein Law Group has a reputation for achieving acquittals and dismissals even in the most challenging DUI cases, and even in extreme DUI cases. Our clients seek our assistance after being arrested for drunk driving in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, or anywhere in Maricopa, Pinal or Pima counties. We serve out-of-state drivers as well as Arizona drivers.
Call 480-248-7666 at any hour to request a free consultation with a Phoenix extreme DUI defense lawyer.
Definition of Extreme DUI
A BAC of .15 to .199 equals extreme DUI, according to Arizona drunk driving laws. Or roughly twice the legal limit of .08 BAC. A second offense of extreme DUI will mean a minimum of 120 days in jail (and 180 days in jail can be imposed), revocation of a driver's license for one year (without the option of a work permit) and in some cases, forfeiture of the vehicle, as well.
(Read about super extreme DUI, with a BAC of .20 or greater)
Aggressive Extreme DUI Defense Strategies
The stakes are extraordinarily high for a driver charged with extreme DUI. Attorney Craig Rosenstein pursues aggressive strategies of defense, in preparation to assertively challenge the evidence used by the prosecution. For one thing, the validity of the BAC measurement must be scrutinized in minute detail.
Was the blood draw done correctly? Were laboratory testing procedures done properly? Who had possession of the sample at all times? Was there proof that the sample had not been tampered with? Was there any time lapse that could have produced a higher than actual reading of the BAC level? Did police follow all legal procedures properly such as informing you of your right to an attorney?
Contact Us to Discuss Your Extreme DUI Charges
The sooner your attorney gets the investigation underway, the greater your chances are of beating the extreme DUI charges. Call 480-248-7666 or e-mail the Phoenix area Rosenstein Law Group to schedule a free consultation.