Know the Consequences of Driving Under the “Extreme Influence”
By Zachary Mushkatel on July 16, 2013
Arizona, like many states, has several laws that prohibit driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs. Among Arizona’s DUI laws is a law prohibiting driving while under the “extreme influence” of alcohol. Experienced Arizona criminal defense attorneys pay careful attention to all Arizona’s DUI laws in order to provide the best possible defense for each client.
“Extreme influence” is defined as a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above 0.15 percent – nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. BAC is typically measured by either a breath test, which is frequently given when a driver is pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving or another motor vehicle violation, or a blood test. Driving under the extreme influence is usually charged as a misdemeanor in Arizona unless extenuating circumstances exist.
When a person is convicted of driving under the extreme influence in Arizona, he or she may face a number of penalties, which may include:
- a minimum of 30 days in jail,
- fines that may exceed $2,250,
- a requirement to perform community service,
- an ignition interlock requirement if the person intends to drive,
- other penalties as determined by the court.
A second or further conviction for driving under the extreme influence carries heavier penalties, including increased jail time, heavier fines, additional community service, and the loss of one’s driving privileges for at least one year. An experienced attorney at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, can help you fight for the best possible outcome in your case while defending your legal rights to the fullest extent possible.
Zachary Mushkatel is an Arizona native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004. After serving as a public defender, he entered into private practice and, ultimately, joined forces with Mathis Becker to form the law firm known today as Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. In addition to criminal law, Mushkatel practices civil litigation, with a focus on estate litigation and personal injury cases. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Sun Valley Lodge, and he is an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors for the West Maricopa County Bar Association.