Tent city is closing but that doesn’t mean DUI offenders get to go free

by Aaron Black • April 18, 2017
Tent City in Phoenix, AZ is closingThe infamous Tent City in Phoenix, AZ that has long been known for meatless meals and pink underwear is being shut down according to Sheriff Paul Penzone. The announcement was recently made on the recommendation of an advisory committee that the Sheriff appointed in January.

Although it’s closing down, the current residents will be sent to other detention centers to finish out their time. Tent City has often been the destination for those found guilty of non-violent crimes which include extreme, aggravated and super extreme DUI’s.

Tent City was established by Sheriff Joe Arpaio in 1993. Located on a 7 acre compound on Durango Street in Phoenix it’s often been the center of protests as groups have cited that it’s a violation of both human rights as well as constitutional.

Don’t be fooled by the closing though. If you are found guilty of an extreme, aggravated or super extreme DUI and you are sentenced to prison according to Sheriff Penzone, there are plenty of detention facilities available for new inmates.

2nd Time Extreme Driving Under the Influence Above a .15 BAC (but less than .20)

  • New DUI charge must be within 84 months of date of 1st DUI conviction.
  • Minimum Jail - 120 days jail, at least 60 days of which must be served consecutively, but must serve entire sentence.
  • Maximum Jail – 6 months
  • Fines
$500 Fine
$420 Surcharge
$250 Driving Under the Influence Fund 
$1250 Prison Fund 
$1250 Public Safety Equip. Fund
$20 Time Pay Fee
$10 Probation Fee
  • 1 year license revocation (no driving at all)
  • Possible Probation up to 5 years
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • 30+ hours community service
  • Pay for jail incarceration
  • Possible monthly probation fees
  • Possible SR22 insurance
  • 1 year Ignition interlock

2nd Time Super Extreme Driving Under the Influence Above a .20 BAC

  • New DUI charge must be within 84 months of date of 1st DUI conviction.
  • Minimum Jail - 180 days
  • Maximum Jail – 180 days
  • Fines:
$1000 Fine
$840 Surcharge
$250 Driving Under the Influence Fund 
$1250 Prison Fund 
$1250 State General Fund
$20 Time Pay Fee
$20 Probation Fee
  • 1 year license revocation (no driving at all)
  • Possible Probation up to 5 years
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • 30+ hours community service
  • Pay for jail incarceration
  • Possible monthly probation fees
  • Possible SR22 insurance
  • 2 year Ignition interlock

Aggravated DUI Due to License Suspension or Third DUI in 84 Months Class 4 Felony

  • Minimum Jail - 4 months in prison
  • Maximum Jail - 3.75 years in prison **Higher if prior felony convictions**
  • Fines:
$250 Fee
$750 Fine
$630 Surcharge
$1500 Prison Fund 
$1500 Public Safety Equip. Fund
$20 Time Pay Fee
$20 Probation Fee
  • 3 year license revocation
  • Probation up to 10 years if jail sentence
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • Possible community service
  • Up to 10 years of probation
  • Monthly probation fees – usually $65/month
  • Possible SR22 insurance
  • 2 years Ignition Interlock
  • DNA taken
  • Victim Impact Panel
  • Possible Driving Under the Influence Court program
  • Felony on your record
If you are facing felony Extreme, Aggravated or Super Extreme DUI charges in Phoenix,  Arizona, don’t take chances with your future. Contact Criminal Defense Attorney Aaron Black for a free consultation or call 480-729-1683.

 

About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
 
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