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Phoenix Super Extreme DUI Lawyer

A “super extreme DUI” is a DUI where the defendant had a blood alcohol content of .20 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, a “super extreme DUI” is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, probation, and a maximum fine of $2,500. What separates a “super extreme DUI” from a “regular DUI” or an “extreme DUI” is the suspect’s high blood alcohol content. If you or somebody you love is facing super extreme DUI charges in Arizona, speak with a Phoenix super extreme DUI lawyer at Stone Rose Law today to ensure your legal rights and future are protected.

What Constitutes a Super Extreme DUI?

A super extreme DUI involves a higher level of expected impairment, and a higher risk of societal harm, a conviction for a super extreme DUI comes with a more severe mandatory minimum sentence. Therefore, more jail time, higher fines, a more robust counseling component, and a longer interlock requirement than a regular DUI or an extreme DUI conviction. It is important to note that if you are charged with a super extreme DUI, you will almost always face regular DUI and extreme DUI charges as well since those offenses are lesser included offenses of super extreme DUI. If you have questions about the differences between super extreme DUI, extreme DUI, and regular DUI, speak with a Phoenix DUI attorney at Stone Rose Law.

Penalties for Super Extreme DUI in Phoenix, AZ

The mandatory minimum criminal penalties for the first time super extreme DUI (BAC .20 +) are as follows:

  • 45 days jail, with up to 31 days suspended if you obtain an interlock device for at least 12 months. Of the remaining 14 days, 20% must be served in actual jail, while the remainder can be served on home detention if you are eligible
  • $500 base fine plus surcharge
  • $250 DUI Abatement Fund Fee
  • $1,000 Prison Construction Fund assessment
  • $1,000 DPS Equipment Fund assessment
  • Substance abuse screening and counseling
  • 8 points against your driver’s license
  • 18-month interlock requirement
  • 90-day suspension of driving privileges, with no driving the first 30 days and a restricted driver’s license for the remaining 60 days if eligible (Note: if you are suspended pursuant to Arizona’s Admin Per Se statute prior to being convicted you will not face this suspension upon conviction)
  • SR22 (Note: The SR22 is only required if your driving privileges have not been suspended pursuant to Arizona’s Admin Per Se law prior to the entry of the DUI conviction)

The mandatory minimum criminal penalties for second offense super extreme DUI are as follows:

  • 180 days jail with home detention for eligible individuals after the first 20% of the sentence has been served. 90 days of the sentence must be served consecutively.
  • 30 hours of community service
  • $500 base fine plus surcharge
  • $2250 DUI Abatement Fund Fee
  • $1250 Prison Construction Fund Assessment
  • $1250 DPS Equipment Fund Assessment
  • 1-year revocation of driving privileges (Special Ignition Interlock Restricted Driver’s License may be available to eligible individuals after the first 45 days of the revocation period)
  • 18-month interlock device requirement following reinstatement of driving privileges

Super Extreme DUI Defenses

The defenses that are available in a Super Extreme DUI case vary depending on the specific circumstances of that matter. Some aim to defeat all of the DUI charges a person faces, whereas others may be specifically tailored to beat the charge of Super Extreme DUI. An example of the former type of defenses would involve evidence that you weren’t driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle, or that the alcohol measured in your blood was consumed after you drove or were in actual physical control of a vehicle. Examples of the latter might involve attacks on the state’s test 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. It is important to note that these defenses are not mutually exclusive and that it is common for attorneys to attack DUI charges on multiple fronts.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Phoenix Super Extreme DUI Attorney

There are many other DUI defenses that may apply depending on your case’s circumstances, so if you have been arrested or charged with a super extreme DUI, you must retain an experienced super extreme DUI lawyer in Phoenix to assist you. Call our law office at (480) 498-8998 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our Stone Rose Law Phoenix criminal defense attorneys today.