What is an Extreme DUI in Phoenix?

by Aaron Black • February 29, 2016
Extreme DUI charges are the result of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above .15 but less than .20. The penalties for DUI’s in Arizona are some of the harshest in the country and I strongly recommend that you not go it alone.

The penalties for a first time extreme driving under the influence carries mandatory jail & fines, license suspension, and the ignition interlock device.

An ignition interlock device (IID) also known as a breath alcohol ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer that is installed on your vehicle. Each time you need to drive your car you must provide a breath sample in order for your car to start. The ignition interlock would remain for one year.

If you get pulled over for an extreme DUI here are a few tips on what you should do

  1. Answer the officer when he wants your personal information and license.
  2. If an officer asks a question about drinking ask for a lawyer and don’t answer.
  3. The officer will ask you to get out of the car and you must comply.
  4. The officer will ask if he can look at your eyes and then he will ask you to follow his pen. Ask for your lawyer and respectfully refuse the test.
  5. The officer will also ask you to balance on one leg. Again ask for your lawyer and respectfully refuse the test.
  6. The officer will ask for you to walk a straight line. Request your lawyer and respectfully refuse the test.
  7. The officer will also ask you to blow into his portable breath machine (PBT). Ask for your lawyer and respectfully refuse the test.
The officer will probably arrest you under the suspicion of drinking while driving if he can smell the odor of alcohol, he notices bloodshot and watery eyes, voice being slurred or he saw you swerve. I do not recommend helping him more by performing the tests.

Once arrested you will be taken back to the station and a blood test to check your blood alcohol content (BAC) will be requested. According to Arizona’s Implied Consent (Admin Per Se) if you give consent to the officer to draw your blood your license will be suspended for 90 days and if you refuse to consent your license will be revoked for one year.

Ask to speak with your lawyer immediately because if you refuse the blood test the police can call a judge, get a warrant and hold you down to take your blood by force.

At the Law Office of Aaron Black we defend individuals charged with all criminal offenses, vehicular crimes and extreme DUI's in all Arizona federal, state and city courts. Aggressively defending our clients in court against the serious charges levied upon you by the government, we will stand by your side to protect your constitutional rights.

If you are facing Extreme DUI charges in Arizona, or you have questions please click here to contact Aaron or call (480)729-1683 for a free consultation.

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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