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What’s the Difference Between a DUI and an Extreme DUI?

Let’s say Alex was traveling down a highway when an officer pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The cop asked Alex to take a field sobriety test, but he politely refused, which is legal in Arizona. The officer arrested him and took him to the station, where he was subjected to a chemical test. The results revealed that Alex had been driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .18, and he was charged with an extreme DUI.

What Is an Extreme DUI?

In Arizona, the legal BAC limit is .08. If a person is caught operating a vehicle with a BAC above that amount, they could be charged with a standard DUI. This offense becomes “extreme” when a person gets behind the wheel, and a chemical test shows that they had a BAC of .15 or higher.

To be charged with an extreme DUI, the chemical test must have been taken within 2 hours of the person driving or being in physical control of a vehicle.

A person convicted of their first offense could be subject to various penalties, which include:

  • 30 days in jail; however, if their BAC was .20 the jail term increases to 45 days
  • A fine of up to $250; however, if the person’s BAC was .20 or more, they could face a fine up to $500
  • An additional assessment of $250 that is deposited to the DUI abatement fund
  • Community restitution
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device
  • A further assessment of $1,000 that goes to the prison construction and operations fund
  • An additional assessment of $1,000 for the public safety fund
  • Attend a traffic school course

Penalties for Subsequent Convictions

If a person is convicted of a second offense within 84 months, the penalties increase. The jail term becomes 120 days (60 days of which must be served consecutively) for a person caught with a BAC of .15 or more, and 180 days (90 of which must be done consecutively) if a chemical test resulted in a blood alcohol concentration of .20 or more. Additionally, the fines for the offset increase to $500 and $1,000. Additional fees for the prison construction and operations fund, as well as the public safety fund, also go up to $1,250 each.

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