A Super Extreme DUI is the highest level of misdemeanor DUI offense in Arizona. Given the inherent danger of driving with a high BAC, it is no surprise that a Super Extreme DUI conviction comes with harsh penalties. A Super Extreme DUI charge means that your BAC was alleged to be at or above .20. Some people ask if a high BAC can lead to felony charges. The simple answer is no; a person’s BAC has no bearing on whether they will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. This does not mean that the penalties for a Super Extreme DUI are any less intimidating.
We understand that facing these charges is a daunting task. We have a team of lawyers ready to answer your questions and take the weight of facing criminal charges off of your shoulders. We offer free consultations for Super Extreme DUI charges. Call us at 480-248-7666 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.
A Super Extreme DUI conviction may have severe penalties, including:
Given how strict Arizona is when it comes to DUI enforcement, it is not uncommon for people to be arrested for DUI more than once in their life. We know better than to judge someone based on their past, but the Arizona criminal court system does just that. If a person is convicted of a Super Extreme DUI and has previously been convicted of a DUI committed within the prior seven years, also referred to as a “second offense Super Extreme DUI,” then the punishments increase significantly. While a typical, non-DUI class 1 misdemeanor carries no minimum jail term, a second offense Super Extreme DUI carries a minimum sentence of 180 days in jail. This is the most extended jail term that a person can receive for a misdemeanor offense in Arizona. Additionally, a second offense Super Extreme DUI conviction will result in a one-year driver’s license revocation, 24-month ignition interlock device requirement, increased fines and fees, and 30 hours of community service (also called “community restitution”).
Even if your prior DUI conviction is from a state other than Arizona, the prosecutor will attempt to use that out-of-state conviction to increase your mandatory minimum punishment to 180 days in jail. Depending on the state in which your prior conviction was in, we may be able to challenge the prosecutor’s ability to use that prior DUI conviction against you. A successful challenge would reduce the minimum jail term from 180 days to 45 days.
Alternatives to Jail Time for a Super Extreme DUI
If you are convicted of a Super Extreme DUI, you will face a mandatory jail sentence. However, in some cases where a dismissal or reduced charges are not attainable, we may negotiate alternatives to jail time. Under certain circumstances, you may be eligible for home detention or work release.
If you face Super Extreme DUI charges in Arizona, you likely have many specific questions about your case. Most people are not sure what to do as they start picking up the pieces after their arrest. First things first, you may be facing a 90-day admin per se, or 1-year implied consent license suspension, which will begin 15 days after your arrest unless you request a hearing on the suspension with ADOT. With this deadline looming, you should contact an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible after your arrest so that you can discuss your options.
At the Rosenstein Law Group, we can handle all aspects of your DUI arrest and case. We deal with the MVD and ADOT so that you don’t have to. We also offer unparalleled representation for the criminal side of a DUI case. Just because the police and prosecutor have alleged that your BAC is at or above .20 does not mean that you do not have any options.
An experienced DUI attorney will investigate every aspect of your case. We look at the reason that the police stopped you, your initial interaction with the police, field sobriety tests, and BAC testing from the time of sample collection to lab analysis. Our attorneys are trained in every aspect of DUI investigations and defense. We analyze forensic toxicology results to look for errors and human variables in the testing methods used by police and their crime labs to challenge artificially inflated BAC results.
Defending your case based on science is only one part of our comprehensive defense approach. We also conduct our investigation to uncover legal issues such as violating your right to counsel or improper coercive tactics to get you to consent to blood or breath testing. These legal issues may lead to suppression of evidence or dismissal of charges altogether.
A conviction for Super Extreme DUI in Arizona, Arizona, can have lasting consequences beyond jail time, probation, or fines and fees. A Super Extreme DUI is a permanent criminal conviction on your record, which may cause issues with future employment, housing, insurance, and professional licenses. With so much at stake, it is important that you have the right attorneys on your side.