Extreme DUI .157 (Scottsdale) – Reduced to Regular DUI – 4/26/2017

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My client was originally charged with a felony DUI. I was able to convince the prosecutor not to file the case as a felony. An extreme or aggravated DUI constitute a felony in Scottsdale, AZ.

How can you be charged with an Aggravated DUI?

  • Your license was suspended, revoked or refused
  • You have been charged with your third DUI within seven years
  • You have been ordered to have the ignition interlock in your vehicle; or
  • You had a child under the age of 15 in your vehicle while driving under the influence.

What is an Extreme DUI?

Extreme DUI charges are the result of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above .15 but less than .20. If found guilty the penalties  under ARS 28-1382 are harsh as you will serve no less than 30 days in jail, face mandatory fines, license suspension and you must install the ignition interlock device (IID) on your car for a period of 1 year. In addition you may also be required to carry SR-22 insurance.
SR-22 insurance in simple terms is high risk insurance also referred to as financial responsibility filing.

What are the penalties for a regular DUI?

  • Minimum jail 10 days jail, but 9 may be suspended
  • Maximum Jail – 6 months
  • Fines
$250 Fine
$210 Surcharge
$500 Prison Fund 
$500 Public Safety Equip. Fund
$20 Time Pay Fee
$20 Probation Fee
  • 90 day License Suspension
  • Possible Probation up to 5 years
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • Possible community service
  • Pay for jail incarceration
  • Possible monthly probation fees
  • Possible SR22 insurance
  • 1-year Ignition interlock (6 months beginning January 1, 2012)
The charges that my client was facing were eventually filed in Scottsdale and I was able to get the case reduced to a regular DUI. The regular DUI saved my client jail time, home detention, over $1000 in fines, and the ignition interlock device (IID) was reduced from 12 months to potentially only 6 months. This was all wonderful considering she was eventually arrested and booked into jail on felony charges.
If you have questions or if you are facing DUI charges in Phoenix, AZ or surrounding communities in Arizona, please contact the Law Office of Aaron Black or call (480)729-1683 for a free consultation.
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