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Understanding extreme DUI charges in Arizona

Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence here can have a wide-ranging effect on a person's life. A conviction can result in a driver license suspension, fines, jail time and more. The penalties will vary based on the incident and its circumstances. That means if a person was significantly above the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) level for DUI of 0.08 percent, the penalties will be harsher. And, understanding what can happen when a person is charged with extreme DUI is critical to lodging a strong defense and avoiding the worst possible penalties.

There will be an extreme DUI charge when a person has a BAC level of 0.15 percent or higher. That is nearly double the baseline amount to be charged with DUI. If it is a first offense and there is a conviction, the person will be jailed for a minimum of 30 days. He or she will not be eligible for probation or a suspended sentence. There will be a fine of at least $2,500. Alcohol treatment, education or screening will be required and the person will need to perform community service. An ignition interlock device will need to be placed on the person's vehicle.

If it is a second or subsequent offense of extreme DUI, there will be a jail sentence of at least 120 days, a fine of a minimum of $3,250 and a driver license revocation for 12 months. The treatment, education or screening program must be taken, there will be community service and an ignition interlock device attached to the person's vehicle.

Being arrested on a DUI charge is difficult enough without the severe penalties that accompany extreme DUI. With the combination of jail, fines, lost driving privileges, the need to take classes on safe driving and the ignition interlock device, the penalties are vast. When the person's record is considered and that having an extreme DUI can negatively affect job prospects, getting into certain schools and more, it becomes even more vital to do whatever possible to seek a reduction in charges or to get an outright acquittal.

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