Avoid the Extreme (DUI) this New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is upon us and with that undoubtedly comes celebrations and libations. However, the last thing you will want to start off the new year with is an extreme DUI in Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale or anywhere else in Arizona. The best option is to avoid drinking and driving at all costs by designating a driver, hiring a cab or an Uber or taking the metro. However, if you do find yourself in the situation where you are being accused of DUI or extreme DUI in Arizona, attorney Todd Coolidge is available 24/7 to take your call from wherever you might be.
What is an Extreme DUI?
There are many types of DUI charges in Arizona, an Extreme DUI is an elevated DUI charge that can come with more severe consequences. If the accused person has a blood alcohol concentration above .150, then they may be charged with Extreme DUI. Some penalties that may accompany a conviction of Extreme DUI include:
- Suspension of driver’s license
- Jail time
- An ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle
- Screening and recommended treatment for substance abuse
There is a minimum jail term of 30 days for Extreme DUI if found guilty. However, if your blood alcohol level is at or above .150 that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will serve a full 30 days in jail. Depending on circumstances and approaches by a qualified attorney like Certified Criminal Law Specialist Todd Coolidge, the term may be reduced or dismissed. However, if there is a prior DUI conviction (within 7 years), there is a minimum penalty of 120 days. There is another level of DUI that is even more severe, a Super Extreme DUI can be charged to someone who has a BAC of .200 or higher. A Super Extreme DUI is one of the most severely punitive DUI charges in the country and can come with a minimum of 45 days in jail even for first time offenders.
If you are facing DUI charges of any kind, contact attorney Todd Coolidge immediately to give yourself a fighting chance against potentially severe penalties.
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