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The Lasting Effects of a DUI Collision

An Arizona family that suffered serious injuries after their car was struck by a wrong-way drunk driver serves as a reminder of the lasting effects of a DUI collision.

Chance Molzan and her mother are just now recovering from their injuries one year after the accident. Molzan's hands were severed in the collision and her leg was broken. Her mother is still struggling with her traumatic brain injury, according to Phoenix's KSAZ-TV.

If the Molzan family decide to file a civil lawsuit against the DUI driver, what kind of damages could they recover?

What are Extreme and Super Extreme DUIs?

A Kingman man is facing an extreme DUI charge after his truck hit a gas meter, two fences and two parked cars before slamming into a home, The Associated Press reports.

Though the "extreme" category name sounds hyperbolic and almost comical, the penalties for an extreme or super extreme DUI are anything but amusing -- as busted judges and cops could tell you.

But what exactly are extreme DUIs and super extreme DUIs?

Drugged Driving Carries Serious Penalties

Arizona's drugged driving laws carry stiff penalties including jail time, fines, and license revocation.

While prosecution will depend on the facts of the case -- for example, whether you were using marijuana for medical purposes -- certain circumstances can prompt a charge and even enhance the penalties.

The penalties are particularly brutal for repeat offenders and those who drive drugged with kids in the car.

Ariz. DUI Arrests Drop for 1st Time in Decade

The total number of DUI arrests in Arizona dropped for the first time in ten years.

In 2013, 29,000 DUI arrests were made. While that number is still incredibly high, it's about 3,000 less than in 2012. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety attributes the drop in DUIs to the public's understanding of the legal limits and the consequences associated with the crime, according to AZCentral.

Compared to the numbers from the past year, it appears Arizona's drivers are smartening up to the dangers of drinking and driving.

DUI Officer Sentenced, Former Cases May Be Dismissed

A former DUI Phoenix police officer has now resigned and pleaded guilty to forgery. According to the police report, Jerry Schuiteboer, 38, collected more than $10,000 for fraud over a stolen truck, Phoenix's KPHO reports.

Schuiteboer, a former DUI police officer who has worked for the Phoenix police department for more than 17 years, currently has six active cases in the Phoenix court system for which he was either the arresting officer or the phlebotomist (the one who drew the blood).

These cases will likely be affected by Schuiteboer's own case. How so, though?

300 DUI Arrests Near ASU in 3 Weeks: How to Avoid Getting Busted

A whopping 1,367 DUI or alcohol-related arrests were made over the course of three weekends at the start of the semester at Arizona State University (ASU), reports the Phoenix New Times. The alcohol task force netted 371 arrests the weekend before classes started, 486 arrests the first weekend of classes, and 510 more the second weekend. While not every arrest is confirmed to be an ASU student, it's likely a safe assumption to make that many of them were.

With the aid of seven other police departments, the task force also racked up over 300 arrests for actual DUIs and 174 warrant arrests over the three weekends. Here's a breakdown of some of those numbers:

  • Grand total of 1367 arrests
  • 381 arrests for minors in consumption of alcohol
  • 125 arrests for minors in possession of alcohol
  • 309 DUI arrests
  • 174 warrant arrests

Keeping ASU's example in mind, here are some tips to avoid getting busted for a DUI-related arrest in Arizona:

Recent Holiday DUI Arrests Higher Than Last Year: 5 Tips

In Arizona, over the 2013 Fourth of July holiday weekend, police made 434 DUI arrests over the span of two days. According to Phoenix's ABC15, this is an increase from the 350 arrests last year. Also, 24 of those people were arrested for underage DUI, and 126 were booked for extreme DUI (a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .150% in Arizona).

Since our next holiday weekend, Labor Day, is just around the corner, here are some tips that may be handy to follow if your plans include alcohol:

What Is a DUI Causing Injury in Arizona?

In Arizona, a drunken driving charge can turn into an aggravated felony when the driver causes injury to another person. When a DUI charge is raised from a misdemeanor to a felony, a defendant stands to face much stiffer penalties.

Arizona's DUI causing injury offense isn't out of the ordinary, but it does include three elements worth noting:

Getting a DUI can be a hassle, and the resulting conviction will be a greasy smear on your otherwise pristine criminal record.

It isn't just the principle of your own goodness at stake. Here are three good legal reasons to expunge that DUI stain from your record:

Arizona law requires even first-time DUI offenders to get an ignition interlock device installed in their cars for a year. But there are a few tips to get you back behind the wheel -- without the device -- in just six months.

In a previous post, we explained five things to know about ignition interlock. But if you are facing a DUI arrest or conviction in Arizona, you should also know that you can potentially cut down your time with an ignition interlock device.

Here's how to do it: