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.