What’s the Difference Between a DUI, Extreme DUI, and Aggravated DUI in Arizona?
Arizona has some of the strictest laws in the nation when it comes to driving under the influence. If you are caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in this state, you could be charged with one of the following:
- A “regular” DUI
- Extreme DUI
- Aggravated DUI
But what’s the difference between the three charges? Are they misdemeanors or felonies? What happens if it’s not your first offense? Keep reading — this article examines the three categories of DUI in Arizona.
This charge is a misdemeanor in Arizona. You could be charged with a DUI in Arizona if:
- Your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or more
- If you’re a commercial driver, and your BAC at .04%
- If you’re under 21 with any alcohol in your system
If it’s your second offense, the penalties will be steeper, but it is still a misdemeanor. See our post, “7 Things You Need to Do After Getting a DUI in Arizona” to learn more about the penalties for a first and second offense.
This charge is also a misdemeanor in Arizona.
- If your BAC is .15% or higher, you will be charged with an extreme DUI.
Similarly, the penalties will be steeper for a second offense, but it is still a misdemeanor.
The aggravated DUI charge is a DUI with “aggravating factors” present at the time of arrest. These factors are considered so egregious that they make this charge a felony.
You may be charged with an aggravated DUI if you commit a DUI:
- While your license is suspended, revoked or canceled
- For the third time in seven years
- While a person under 15 is in the vehicle
- After refusing to take the BAC test
In addition, if you are required to have an interlock device on your vehicle and you receive a DUI in a vehicle not equipped with one, you will be charged with an aggravated DUI.
Penalties for aggravated DUI in Arizona
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, if convicted of aggravated DUI in Arizona:
- You will be sent to prison for up to two years
- Your license will be revoked for one year
- You must undergo alcohol screening/education/treatment
- You must equip your vehicle with a certified ignition interlock device
- You must perform community service
Do you think you might have a drug or alcohol problem?
If you’ve received a DUI, please consider that you may have a problem. Take our self-assessment quiz to see if this might be the case.
If you need help with an alcohol or drug problem, reach out to Cornerstone Healing Center. We are a long-term drug and alcohol treatment facility located in Scottsdale, Arizona, and we’ve helped hundreds of people learn how to live clean, sober and happy lives. Freedom from addiction is possible. We also provide state-approved DUI services including DUI screening, DUI education classes and DUI treatment.
Let us know if you have any questions.