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Know the Consequences of Driving Under the “Extreme Influence”

By Zachary Mushkatel on


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.