Arizona Aggravated DUI Defense Lawyers

Aggravated DUI Arrest Lawyer ArizonaAn aggravated DUI is a class 4 felony.  This type of crime is charged with a person is driving with any amount of alcohol in his or her system and also commits one of the following:

  • Is driving on a suspended, restricted, cancelled or revoked drivers’ license or has never had a valid license
  • Has two DUI convictions within seven years of the current charge
  • Has been ordered to have but was not using an ignition interlock device

Another type of aggravated DUI is a class 6 felony and can be charged if someone had a blood alcohol content of more than .08 while driving with a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle.

What’s The Difference?

Aggravated DUIs are much more serious than misdemeanors.  A felony conviction means that you will always be a “convicted felon” and that this conviction can be used forever if you are ever arrested for another felony charge.  Felonies often include sentence enhancements if the person has previously been convicted of another felony.

For a first time class 4 aggravated DUI, the penalties are as follows:

  • 4 months to 3.75 years in jail
  • $4,700 in fines
  • Mandatory counseling
  • License revocation rather than suspension–this means you must reapply for rather than reinstate your driver’s license
  • Probation
  • SR-22 insurance requirements
  • Community service
  • Two years of Ignition Interlock Device requirements

If you have any prior felony convictions, the jail time can go up to 7.5 years, and up to 15 years with two or more prior convictions.

For a first-time class 6 aggravated DUI sentence, the penalties are as follows:

  • Up to two years in prison
  • $4,700 in fines
  • Mandatory alcohol counseling
  • License revocation
  • Probation
  • SR-22 insurance requirements
  • Community service
  • Two-year Ignition Interlock requirements

A prior felony conviction means up to 2.75 years in prison, and two or more prior convictions mean up to 5.75 years in prison.

A DUI defense attorney can help you deal with the consequences of an aggravated DUI charge.  In many cases, DUI defense lawyers can help those who are charged with these serious crimes obtain less serious penalties or sentences.  In some cases, they can have the charges dismissed altogether.  A DUI attorney offers a free, no-obligation consultation for those who have been charged with these serious DUI crimes.