If you are in the State of Arizona, it is important that you understand the different charges that are related to driving under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances. Being charged with a DUI is a serious offense, and it can be even more so depending on the type of charges.
For instance, the difference in the terminology often confuses many people. There is a difference between the terms Extreme DUI and Aggravated DUI. Either way, if you are charged with these offenses, it is vital that you understand the charge and how to defend yourself against it with a professional attorney by your side.
In the State of Arizona, the Extreme DUI charge is related to the amount of alcohol in your system. When suspected of impaired driving by alcohol, you are asked to provide a test sample. If your blood-alcohol concentration, or BAC, is over .15%, you can be charged with an Extreme DUI. And if the BAC exceeds .20%, you will be charged with a Super Extreme DUI. Although these crimes are misdemeanors, you can end up serving significant jail time.
On the other hand, an Aggravated DUI is a felony and this does not involve the amount of alcohol in your system. Rather, it involves whether there are children involved, prior DUI history or license status.
The first potential circumstance is having a minor in the car. If you have a child under 15 years of age in the vehicle and you are arrested for DUI, this changes the severity of the charges you are going to face. This falls within the category of Aggravated DUI, which includes some more serious consequences.
Another way to receive such an Aggravated DUI charge is to get arrested again after having at least two prior convictions for a DUI in the previous 7 years.
Lastly, if your license has been suspended or revoked, you should not be driving at all. If you get arrested for driving a vehicle for a DUI, you are facing an Aggravated DUI charge.
So an Extreme or Super Extreme DUI charge is a misdemeanor. An Aggravated DUI charge is a felony. Both a quite serious and the consequences are life changing. You will be able to start planning your defense. Find an excellent attorney in your community who is familiar with DUI cases. Make sure to investigate the reputation of the law firm to ensure you are going to get a good representation in the legal process.
Being charged with a DUI is a serious matter. You need to make sure that you are able to get the legal assistance necessary to keep your consequences minimized. No matter what type of DUI you have, this is essential to your freedom! Read more about the DUI case process and my legal services.
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