By: Mike Stetzer
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is considered a crime. The blood alcohol content that determines a DUI charge in most circumstances is .08 or higher.
However, an arrest for extreme DUI takes this offense to a higher level. A person charged with extreme DUI normally has a BAC of .15 to .18 and above.
How Extreme DUI Can Occur
Extreme DUIs are usually the consequence of poor decision making. Alcohol is capable of limiting a driver's ability to recognize that he or she has had too much to drink. While a person who's only "tipsy" may realize that driving is not a wise decision, a person with an elevated may not recognize just how drunk they are - or may think it doesn't matter.
An extreme DUI may also be the result of regular drinking. A person who is accustomed to having alcohol in their system needs to drink more to feel the effects of alcohol - but their delayed perception of being drunk doesn't change the fact that a greater amount of alcohol is flowing through their system.
Penalties for Extreme DUI
Due to the "extreme" nature of this type of DUI charge, the penalties are typically much more severe. Fines, jail sentences and license suspension lengths are typically increased to reflect the drastic nature of the crime.
Often, alcohol treatment or rehabilitation may be ordered as part of the sentence, particularly for those with a prior DUI offense on their record.
Individuals convicted of extreme DUI may face even more penalties, depending on the state where the incident occurred and whether or not there was any bodily injury or property damage involved.
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Every state classifies driving while under the influence as a serious offense that can result in severe penalties. But each state has different DUI laws. So if you have been charged with DUI or extreme DUI, you might want information on how your state punishes offenders.
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