An “extreme DUI” is a DUI where the defendant had a blood alcohol content of .15 or greater within two hours of driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle as a result of alcohol consumed previously. Under normal circumstances, an “extreme DUI” is a class 1 misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to six months in jail, probation, and a maximum fine of $2,500. If you or somebody you love was charged with an extreme DUI, speak with a Phoenix extreme DUI lawyer at Stone Rose Law today to protect your legal rights and future.
What separates an “extreme DUI” from a “regular DUI” is the suspect’s high blood alcohol content. Since an extreme DUI involves a higher level of impairment and a presumably increased risk of societal harm, an extreme DUI conviction comes with a more severe mandatory minimum sentence. This involves more jail time, higher fines, a more robust counseling component, and a more extended interlock requirement. It is important to note that if you are charged with an extreme DUI, you will almost always face regular DUI charges since a regular DUI is a lesser included offense of extreme DUI. Learn more by speaking with a Phoenix DUI lawyer experienced in defending extreme DUI charges.
The mandatory minimum criminal penalties for first time extreme DUI (BAC .15+) are as follows:
The mandatory minimum criminal penalties for second offense extreme DUI (BAC .15 +):
The defenses that are available in an extreme DUI case are myriad, and the availability of each depends on the specific circumstances of each matter so speak with a knowledgeable Phoenix extreme DUI lawyer as soon as possible following charges. Some defenses may be aimed at defeating all of the DUI charges that a person faces, whereas others may be tailored specifically to defeat the allegation of extreme DUI. In the former scenario, the defense may center on the issue of whether you were driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle. It may also involve an attack on the test used by the state to measure your blood alcohol content. These attacks may be centered on problems with the person who performed the BAC test, the procedures used by that person, or the equipment used during testing. Other defenses may involve evidence that the blood alcohol content revealed by testing resulted from alcohol consumed after driving or that the blood tested was not that of the defendant. It is important to note that these defenses are not mutually exclusive and that it is common for defense attorneys to attack DUI charges on multiple fronts. Many other defenses may apply depending on your case’s circumstances, so if you have been arrested for or charged with an extreme DUI, it is vital that you retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Phoenix to assist you.
If you have been arrested and charged with an Extreme DUI, contact Stone Rose Law today to speak with a Phoenix extreme DUI lawyer regarding your case. Call (480) 498-8998 to schedule your free case evaluation.