Multiple DUI is considered a serious offense in Arizona, a state which is known for dispensing harsh driving while intoxicated penalties. While all DUIs are taken seriously, a first time offender is more likely to receive a reduction of charges or a reduced sentence than one who has already had multiple DUI convictions.
In contrast, multiple DUI offenders will face much harsher penalties, if convicted. Having one or more DUI convictions in the last seven years is one of the factors in determining penalties in a DUI case. Arizona police are tough on DUI as are judges who must follow statutory minimum sentences. Prosecutors are less likely to agree to plea bargains for multiple offenders. Given the potential for very harsh penalties if this is not a 1st Time DUI, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced DUI Attorney before making any decisions in your case.
To illustrate Arizona's harsh stance on multiple DUI consider the story of one Phoenix man who has been convicted of DUI nine times over the last 20 years. Today, this man is facing two ten-year prison terms back to back. While this offender had extreme BAC levels each time he was arrested (see extreme and super extreme DUI, the reality is that all multiple DUI offenders are subject to harsh penalties, if convicted).Additional Information About Aggravated DUI
While aggravated DUI is a felony charge which applies to offenders who have had two prior DUI convictions within the last seven years, what about individuals who have had one prior DUI conviction within the last seven years? Or an individual who has had two or more past DUI convictions, but not within the last seven years?
To answer the second question, if you are convicted of a second DUI but 7 years after your first, this falls outside of the 7 year window, which means that this will be treated as a first-time conviction again. If, however, you are convicted of another DUI within the 7 year window of your first DUI, you will face enhanced penalties- you are now known as a repeat offender.Penalties for Repeat DUI Offenders in Arizona
In Arizona, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor if you are convicted of a second offense of DUI. You will most likely face a 90 day sentence in jail and the first 30 days must be served. If you complete alcohol/drug treatment, 60 days of your sentence can be suspended.
- You could pay upwards of $3,500 in fines. Other penalties you will face include the following:
- 1 year license suspension
- Your probation can last up to 5 years (10 years for an aggravated DUI conviction)
- Alcohol screening and classes
- Installment of an ignition interlock device
- Community work service
In Arizona, if you are convicted of a Second Extreme DUI, you will be facing the following penalties:
- A revocation of driving privileges for one year
- Probation for up to 5 years
- A minimum of 120 days in jail (mandatory 60 consecutive days in jail)
- $4,000 in fines
If you are convicted of a Second Super Extreme DUI, you will be facing the following penalties:
- Revocation of driving privileges for one year
- Probation for up to 5 years
- 180 days in jail (with 90 consecutive days mandatory)
- $5,000 or more in fines
DUI's have an accumulating nature-the more DUIs you receive, the more harsh the consequences. This is especially true in the case of an Extreme DUI or Super Extreme DUI. For example, a second regular DUI charge comes with 29 more days in jail then a first offense. A second extreme DUI charge comes with 4 months in jail and a second super extreme charge comes with six months. Since you are now considered a repeat offender, prosecutors will fight harder to take away your freedom to drive and to increase your penalties.
Given the harsh sentencing laws for DUI Convictions in Arizona, it is critical to seek the advice and counsel of an experienced DUI Attorney. Mr. Buckallew has significant experience in litigating all types of DUI cases, ranging from 1st Time DUI all the way to DUI Homicide cases and just about everything in between. Mr. Buckallew is a Board Certified DUI & Criminal Law Specialist, meaning that he has met the rigorous requirements set for by the State Bar of Arizona.Get Legal Help Now!
Have you been charged with a second DUI offense? The Law Office of Trent R. Buckallew can help you launch a vigorous defense against your DUI charges. Mr. Buckallew will conduct a thorough review of the state's evidence, identifying any inconsistences in police reports, violations of your constitutional rights or inaccuracies in blood tests. Your attorney will also assist in handling the MVD aspect of your case and help you possibly delay or avoid a suspension of your driver's license. Mr. Buckallew has successfully handled countless DUI cases and has the experience and knowledge necessary to litigate DUI cases in courts throughout the State of Arizona. Mr. Buckallew has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer." He is the aggressive defender you want on your side throughout the course of your DUI court proceedings. Call the Law Office of Trent R. Buckallew today to discuss your legal options!