Throughout the United States, the legal limit for alcohol in an adult’s system while driving is 0.08. This is standard, basically uniform and familiar to almost anyone who has a driver’s license. Many people believe that this is a relatively low standard given their level of actual impairment when they reach this level of alcohol in their system, but that is irrelevant – if someone registers above the legal limit, that person will be arrested and prosecuted for DUI in Arizona and face stiff penalties as a result if he or she is ultimately convicted.
However, the legislature in Arizona has taken an additional step with regards to this issue. It has enacted a statute that is basically known as ‘extreme’ DUI by people who deal with this law on a regular basis. Extreme DUI in Arizona speaks to the level of alcohol in a person’s blood at the time of arrest. Below you will find a brief overview of extreme DUI as it exists in Arizona. Anyone who faces this or any related charge needs to obtain the help of Arizona DUI defense lawyers as soon as possible.
As stated above, a ‘regular’ DUI can be charged if a person’s BAC was 0.08 or above at the time of the measurement. However, extreme DUI involves anyone whose BAC was 0.15 or higher at the time the measurement was taken. It should be noted that this measurement of BAC need only occur within two hours of operating a vehicle. Therefore, simply pulling into a destination does not remove the possibility of this arrest.
As one would expect, people who are convicted of extreme DUI in Arizona can and do face extreme penalties. Below is a list of the sanctions that a convicted defendant could face:
Clearly, this is a heavy price to pay for a mistake. If you or someone you love has been arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI or any related crime, you need to seek the help of Arizona DUI defense lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of the accused for many years. Contact the Law Offices of Douglas A. Schwab today to schedule an initial consultation.