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"Super extreme" DUI law in Arizona carries strong penalties

We have discussed in earlier blogs the fact that Arizona has very strict laws concerning driving under the influence. The state had seen an increasing number of DUI arrests and really tried to crackdown on those motorists who get behind the wheel after drinking.

These laws include a provision that deals with what is often called "super extreme" DUI. Super extreme DUI applies to motorists who have a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent or above. This posting discusses some of the possible penalties that may be handed down in the event that a motorist is convicted of super extreme DUI in Arizona.

Jail time, fines and more

For a first-time offender convicted under the super extreme law will be required to spend at least 45 days in jail. Some DUI provisions allow offenders to get credit for a portion of their sentence if they complete treatment programs, but this is not the case with the super extreme DUI law.

Additionally, these motorists will face severe fines. There is a minimum fine of at least $500, along with more than $3000 in assessments imposed by the courts. These costs do not include any other potential costs that may be connected to the case, such as situations where the motorist may have caused an accident or damage to another's property.

These motorists will also have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles for at least 18 months, and pay for the monthly monitoring costs associated with the devices. These costs can add up substantially for those convicted of the offense.

Protecting against DUI charges

If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you may be tempted simply to plead guilty. You might want this case over as soon as possible, and think that this will make the entire thing go away.

While this may bring an end to your court case, you need to know that your DUI conviction will continue to cause you problems for you down the road. You will be ineligible for many different types of employment that require you to drive for work. You will also face increased car insurance premiums that can last for several years.

You should reach out to an experienced DUI defense attorney to determine the options that are available to you. Your attorney will be able to provide you with detailed advice that helps you understand what you need to do in order to best challenge the charges you are facing.

Prosecutors are not on your side. Even if they seem like they genuinely care about your situation, they are not looking out for you. They want you to make their jobs easier by just pleading guilty. Do not take these chances with your future. Make sure you have someone on your side to look out for you throughout your case.

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