What’s the Difference Between a DUI, Extreme DUI, and Aggravated DUI in Arizona? 1

Types of DUIs in Arizona

What’s the Difference Between a DUI, Extreme DUI, and Aggravated DUI in Arizona? 2

By Megan Krause

Content Strategist, Developmental Editor, Editor, Writer, Managing Editor

November 6th, 2019

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 differences between each type 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.

Extreme DUI

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.

Aggravated DUI

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.

What Are the Penalties for Aggravated DUI in AZ?

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 Have an Alcohol Problem?

If you’ve received a DUI, please consider that you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol. 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 paper writing and happy lives. Freedom from addiction is possible. We also provide state-approved DUI services including DUI screenings, DUI education classes and DUI treatment.

Contact us today if you have any questions.