Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Faces Extreme DUI Charge
A mistake in judgment can drastically change a life, which is what Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Cele Hancock is facing after her arrest on Sunday, March 19, for suspicion of an extreme or super extreme DUI, according to various news reports.
Judge Handcock was allegedly observed intoxicated in a Prescott Safeway supermarket and was seen sitting in her car in the parking lot before driving away. She was stopped by authorities who were notified by someone in the store.
A breathalyzer test result showed she had a level of impairment at 0.158 percent initially, which continued to rise to 0.219 and 0.214 percent which is in the Super Extreme range. Extreme DUI begins at 0.15 percent. Super Extreme begins at 0.20 percent. A regular DUI is 0.08 percent.
The level of intoxication increases over time because of the body’s alcohol absorption rate and individual metabolism variables.
- Impaired to the slightest degree
- 0.15 Extreme DUI
- 0.20 Super Extreme DUI
These are Class 1 misdemeanors.
She was transported to the police station in Prescott and read her Miranda rights and she requested an attorney. She was cited and released.
In a remark to authorities, Judge Hancock said, “My career is already over,” reported AZ Family.
Judge Hancock was elected to her judgeship in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and again in 2018 after a career as a solo practitioner.
Penalties for Extreme DUIAn extreme DUI is driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 -.199. The penalty for a first conviction is a minimum of 30 straight days in jail. The law allows the defendant convicted of an extreme DUI to spend a minimum of two days and seven days of home detention. The maximum sentence is 6 months. For any DUI a person can receive up to five years of probation.
Fines and surcharges totaling approximately $2700 can be imposed. Alcohol counselling, classes, and screening. The interlock would be required for 12 months. There would be a license suspension of 90 days.
Super Extreme DUI penaltiesA super extreme DUI is driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .20 and above. The penalty for a first conviction is a minimum of 45 straight days in jail. The law allows the defendant convicted of a super extreme DUI to spend a minimum of three days and 11 days of home detention. The maximum sentence is 6 months. For any DUI a person can receive up to five years of probation.
Fines and surcharges totaling $3,218 can be imposed. Alcohol counselling, classes, and screening. The interlock would be required for 18 months. There would be a license suspension of 90 days.
Defenses for Super Extreme DUIThe law provides several defenses:
- The arresting traffic officer did not have the required probable cause or a reasonable suspicion to detain a driver.
- The field sobriety tests, including standing on one foot, was not administered correctly by the traffic officer.
- The breathalyzer device to monitor the amount of alcohol in the body caused a faulty reading because the device’s calibration was inaccurate or the officer who administered the tests did not so properly.
- The level of intoxication increased after were stopped because of the body’s alcohol absorption rate and individual metabolism variables.
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