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.