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.
Home detention is now available in the Scottsdale City Court. This is welcome news for people charged with a DUI in Scottsdale. This allows a majority of the jail sentence to be served at home instead of in jail. However, Arizona law does require people to serve 20 percent of their sentence in jail before they are eligible to serve the remaining portion of their jail sentence in a home detention program.
At the beginning of this month, in preparation for the Super Bowl, police departments increased DUI enforcement across the country trying to decrease the number of DUI arrests. Unfortunately, that plan did not work out well for the University of Arizona Police Department (UAPD), as one of their on duty officers was taken into custody over the weekend. Sgt. John McGrath was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday night after being involved in an accident with a marked UAPD vehicle. Sgt. McGrath was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.20, which is classified as a Super Extreme DUI.
At this point in our series, we have discussed the minimum penalties for convictions of the following misdemeanor DUI charges in Arizona: Impaired to the Slightest Degree, BAC Above .08, and BAC Above .15 (Extreme DUI). We will now discuss the consequences for a conviction under A.R.S. 28-1382 (A)(2), which is for having a BAC Above .20 within two hours of driving. This charge is commonly known as a Super Extreme DUI.