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Super Bowl XLIX Criminal & DUI Charges


As Glendale is gearing up to host the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on February 1st we want to welcome an estimated 100,000 out of town visitors expected to visit the Valley of the Sun for Super Bowl XLIX. According to AZCentral.com, Phoenix area airports (including Scottsdale Airport, Phoenix Deer Valley Airport, Goodyear Airport, Glendale Municipal Airport, Mesa's Falcon Field Airport, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Chandler Municipal Airport, and of course Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport) have been preparing for this increased air traffic for several months, anticipating over 1,000 additional private aircraft along with commercial and charter jets.

The NFL will be hosting the Super Bowl Experience activities at the Phoenix Convention Center the week leading up to the super bowl. According to azsuperbowl.com – along with the many interactive attractions, games, exhibits and other activities, fans will also be able to find many other venues and activities around town including the 2015 Pro Bowl on January 25th at University of Phoenix Stadium, the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale (1/26/15-2/1/15), Super Bowl XLIX Media Day (1/27/15), Verizon Super Bowl Central – a free, family-friendly, football themed outdoor fan fest taking over Downtown Phoenix (1/28/15-2/1/15), along with many other events leading up to the big game.

And of course with any event of this scale, law enforcement agencies from around the valley are coordinating efforts to ensure the safety of all residents – both locals and visitors alike. With a week filled with Super Bowl events spread across the valley between Glendale, Phoenix and Scottsdale, police officers from Glendale PD, Phoenix PD and Scottsdale PD will be working off-duty shifts in addition to all regularly scheduled shifts in these departments. Additionally, other agencies – both local and federal, are providing the assistance of their officers, including Gilbert PD, Tempe PD, Mesa PD and Prescott PD, along with regional cooperation of over 50 agencies. The City of Phoenix is hosting the major events – both Super Bowl Central covering several blocks in downtown Phoenix, as well as the Super Bowl Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center. The City of Scottsdale will be hosting many out town visitors in local resorts both for the Super Bowl and the WM Phoenix Open. The Super Bowl itself as well as the Pro Bowl will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in the City of Glendale.

Whether you're participating in some of the many Super Bowl activities in Phoenix and around the valley, or taking time out to enjoy our fantastic weather with a hike up Camelback Mountain, a stroll through the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens, dining or shopping along historic Mill Avenue in Tempe, or checking out Historic Downtown Glendale – there will be no shortage of activities to fill your days. Enjoy the festivities, celebrate responsibly and remember to use a designated driver, utilize the light rail, taxi service or Uber.

In the event you find yourself facing DUI charges during super bowl week, it is critical to seek the advice of competent legal counsel before making any decisions in your case as Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws in the country. Outlined below are some of the common DUI violations along with associated penalties:

Misdemeanor DUI (1st Offense) – BAC between .08% – .149%

Minimum Penalties include 10 days jail (9 can be suspended if court ordered alcohol classes are completed successfully), over $1,500.00 in fees/fines (plus jail costs), vehicle ignition interlock device and a 90-day license suspension.

Misdemeanor Extreme DUI (1st Offense) – BAC between .15% – .199%

Minimum Penalties include 30 days jail (all but 9 days can be suspended with the installation of ignition interlock for 12-months), over $2,500.00 in fees/fines (plus jail costs), vehicle ignition interlock device and a 90-day license suspension.

Misdemeanor Super Extreme DUI (1st Offense) – BAC at or above .20%

Minimum Penalties include 45 days jail (all but 14 days can be suspended with the installation of ignition interlock for 12-months), over $3,000.00 in fees/fines (plus jail costs), vehicle ignition interlock device and a 90-day license suspension.

Felony Aggravated DUI (1st Offense)

While many DUI charges are classified as misdemeanors in the State of Arizona, there are some circumstances which can result in DUI charges being classified as a felony, or 'Aggravated DUI'. The primary factors in felony Aggravated DUI charges include:

Class 4 Felony:

  • Driving on a restricted, suspended or revoked license at the time of the DUI
  • Two prior DUI/DWI/OUI convictions (in any state) within the past 84 months

Minimum Penalties include 4 months in prison, over $5,500.00 in fees/fines, 3 year license revocation, mandatory drug/alcohol evaluation and treatment program, up to 10 years' probation and vehicle ignition interlock device.

Class 6 Felony:

  • Driving with a minor child (under the age of 15) in the car at the time of the DUI

Minimum Penalties include a minimum of 10 days jail but increases based on BAC levels, over $4,500.00 in fees/fines, 3 year license revocation, up to 10 years' probation, drug/alcohol evaluation and treatment program and vehicle ignition interlock device.

Please visit our Arizona DUI website for more in depth information regarding Arizona DUI charges and penalties. The Firm handles all DUI cases throughout the entire State of Arizona – both misdemeanor and felony, including 1st Time DUI, Extreme DUI, Super Extreme DUI, Aggravated DUI, DUI – Drugs, DUI Involving an Accident, Underage DUI or any other drug or alcohol DUI you may have been charged with. The Firm handles cases in City/Municipal Courts in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale and throughout the entire valley. The Firm also handles cases in all Maricopa County Justice Courts throughout the valley as well as the Maricopa County Superior Court. The Firm also handles ANY criminal charge in Phoenix and throughout the State of Arizona, including (but not limited to) Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Damage, Assault, Littering, Shoplifting, Drug Crimes, Juvenile Crimes and Reckless Driving.

If you are facing DUI charges in Phoenix, contact the Firm today for a free evaluation of your case. Mr. Buckallew is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist and has significant experience in litigating DUI cases in Phoenix courts and throughout the State of Arizona.

**This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact the Firm to schedule a consultation regarding your case.

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