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Super Extreme DUI

Super Extreme DUI

Super Extreme DUI

Arizona recently enacted a new driving under the influence (DUI / DWI) law involving high alcohol concentration levels. Commonly referred to as super extreme DUI, an individual can receive serious penalties if they are charged with this offense. It doesn’t matter that no injuries resulted from the offense or that any property was damaged while the alleged offender was operating or in actual physical control of their vehicle. As far as police and prosecutors are concerned, an alcohol concentration (AC or BAC) level of .20 or more is an accident waiting to happen, and they intend to punish individuals who drive with a high alcohol concentration level severely for it.

Judges’ hands are tied even on first-ever drunk driving arrests for super extreme DUI. This drunk driving offense can result in a minimum of 45 days in jail upon a conviction. Therefore, it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney in Mesa who will make every effort to fight the allegations against you.

Mesa Super Extreme DUI Lawyer

If you have been charged with a super extreme DUI in Mesa, or any of the surrounding areas in Arizona, including Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale or East Valley, contact the Law Office of James E. Novak. Attorney James Novak utilizes an extensive case strategy, including examination by an independent criminologist of any BAC evidence and procedures used by law enforcement, as well as whether the traffic stop and any other aspects of the case were legal. Call the Law Office of James E. Novak for a free consultation at (480) 413-1499 about your alleged super extreme DUI.


Arizona Super Extreme Information Center


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Super Extreme DUI in Mesa

According to Arizona Revised Statutes § 28-1382(A)(2), an individual can be charged with a super extreme DUI if they drive or are in actual physical control of a vehicle and their blood, breath or urine alcohol concentration (AC) level is .20 or higher. An individual charged with this offense is considered to be under the super extreme influence of intoxicating liquor.

Additionally, the driver’s BAC level must register at .20 or higher within two hours of the alleged offender having driven or actual physical control of a vehicle. The alleged offender’s BAC or AC must also be the result of consuming alcohol either before or while driving or having APC of the vehicle.


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Mesa Alcohol Concentration Level

An individual must have a blood, breath or urine concentration level (BAC or AC) much higher than Arizona’ legal limit of .08 in order to be charged with a super extreme DUI offense. Blood alcohol content or concentration is defined under ARS § 28-101 as the amount of alcohol present in an individual’s bloodstream. This is measured in Arizona by the number of grams of:

  • Alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, or
  • Alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

Although an alcohol concentration level of .20 or higher may seem very high, it can actually be easy to reach this point. For example, a woman who weighs 100 pounds and has four alcoholic drinks in one hour likely has a BAC of .18. This woman’s BAC could easily reach the super extreme level of .20 if she uses mouthwash or toothpaste that has a high ethanol content. A woman who weighs 160 pounds likely has a BAC of .20 after consuming seven drinks in one hour, which is right at the super extreme level.

One drink in Arizona is defined as a 1 ounce shot of 86 proof liquor (40% alcohol by volume), one 12 ounce beer (4.5% alcohol by volume), or one 3 ounce glass of wine.


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Actual Physical Control in Tempe

In order to be charged with a super extreme DUI in Arizona, the alleged offender must have been operating the vehicle or had actual physical control (APC) of the vehicle. Although APC is not defined under the Arizona Revised Statutes, the Arizona Supreme Court recently held in Arizona v. Zaragoza that in order to have APC, the alleged offender’s current or imminent control of the vehicle must have presented a danger to himself or the public at the time of the arrest, based on the totality of the circumstances.

Therefore, an individual can be charged with super extreme DUI in Arizona even if they are not driving a vehicle at the time of the alleged offense.

The court will instruct the jury to look at the following factors to determine if an alleged offender had APC at the time of their offense:

  • Whether the vehicle was stopped ;
  • Whether the ignition was on or running;
  • Whether the driver was awake or asleep;
  • Whether the driver voluntarily pulled over;
  • Where the keys were located;
  • Where the driver was found;
  • The weather conditions for the day; and/or
  • The time of day.

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Tempe Super Extreme DUI Penalties

A super extreme DUI in Arizona can result in a conviction for a class 1 misdemeanor offense. This offense can result in a mandatory minimum 45 consecutive days in jail, but can be up to 180 days. Anyone who is a first-time super extreme DUI offense can receive any of the following additional punishments:

  • A fine up to $500,
  • An additional assessment of $250,
  • Community service or restitution,
  • An assessment of $1,000 to be deposited in the state prison construction and operations fund,
  • An assessment of $1,000 to be deposited in the public safety equipment fund,
  • Completion of an approved alcohol or drug education program,
  • Counseling for alcohol or substance abuse,
  • Court costs,
  • A driver’s license suspension of at least 90 days,
  • Up to five years probation, and/or
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device for at least 18 months.

Anyone who has one previous conviction for driving under the influence offense and is charged with a super extreme DUI within 84 months of the previous offense can be penalized with any of the following punishments:

  • Up to 180 days in jail; 90 days of which must be served consecutively,
  • A fine up to $1,000,
  • An additional assessment of $250,
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device for at least two years,
  • A one-year driver’s license revocation,
  • At least 30 hours of community restitution or community service,
  • Assessment of $1,250 to be deposited in the prison construction and operations fund,
  • Assessment of $1,250 to be deposited in the public safety equipment fund,
  • Alcohol or drug screening,
  • Alcohol or drug education or treatment program, and/or
  • Court costs.

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Victim Impact Panel in Mesa

Anyone who is a convicted alcohol offender is eligible to participate in a victim impact panel created by a local MADD chapter and the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department. Many times, a judge or probation officers in Maricopa County will include this as a term to the alleged offender’s sentence for an alcohol offense. This purpose of the program is to:

  • Enable alleged offenders to consider the pain and suffering drunk driving can cause to other people;
  • Help alleged offenders move beyond focusing on their own problems;
  • Serve as a first step in breaking down the denial of alcoholism or the denial of those addicted to other drugs;
  • Change behavior and save lives.

The panel usually includes three or four individuals who have been affected by drunk driving through either being the victim of an alcohol related crash or from losing a loved one in an alcohol related crash.


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Mesa Super Extreme DUI Resources

Arizona Revised Statutes – Arizona driving under the influence (DUI) laws are defined in Chapter 4 of Title 28 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. This link is to the definition of super extreme DUI and the penalties an individual could face if convicted of super extreme DUI under ARS § 28-1382(A)(2).

Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) – The Arizona Department of Public Safety provides information on impaired driving in the state, including Arizona’s DUI laws, statistics on impaired driving, various levels of intoxication, and potential penalties for repeat DUI offenders in the state.

Maricopa County Victim Impact Panel – This program was established by a local chapter of MADD and the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department to serve as an element to punishment for individuals who have been convicted of drunk driving offenses in Maricopa County. The program can be contacted at:

Victim Impact Panel Program
201 W. Jefferson
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Phone: (602) 279-2043

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Law Office of James E. Novak, PLLC | Super Extreme DUI Attorney in Tempe

Contact the Law Office of James E. Novak today for a consultation about your alleged super extreme DUI throughout Maricopa County in Arizona. James Novak is an experienced Scottsdale driving under the influence attorney who will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions to your alleged offense. Contact the Law Office of James E. Novak at (480) 413-1499 for a consultation about your super extreme DUI charges throughout Maricopa County in Arizona.