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Sentence Enhancements for DUI in Arizona

DUI Sentence enhancements are ways in which penalties for DUI can be increased.  The purpose of sentence enhancements is to increase the punishment in cases where a person has acted even more recklessly than in usual DUI cases.  There are several sentence enhancements for DUI’s currently used in Arizona.  They include:

  • Higher BAC level:  Misdemeanor DUI’s with BAC’s of .15-.19 are considered as an Extreme DUI and are subject to longer jail time and higher fines.  DUI’s with a BAC level of .20 of more are considered as Super Extreme DUI’s and are also subject to greater jail time and higher fines.
  • Prior Conviction:  A person with a prior DUI conviction will face greater jail time, fines, and revocation of their driver’s license.  Amount of jail time and fines will vary depending on whether or not their conviction was for non-extreme, extreme, or super extreme DUI.  A person who has had their 3rd DUI conviction within a 7 year period is guilty of a felony and is subject to a longer prison term, higher fines, and revocation of license for three years.
  • The defendant was driving on a suspended, revoked, or canceled license. This is considered a felony charge and is punishable by increase prison time, fines, and revocation of license for three years.
  • Driving with a passenger under the age of 15:  A person who has a child under the age of 15 inside their vehicle at the time of their DUI offense is convicted of a felony, even if under normal circumstances the person would have been just charged with a DUI misdemeanor.  This is punishable with up to at least one day in jail plus harsher fines and revocation of license for three years.

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