When a DUI Becomes a Felony DUI
Arizona has the some of the toughest DUI laws and penalties in the country. Even the most basic misdemeanor Arizona DUI carries harsh penalties. But the penalties in Arizona are so extreme in aggravated DUI charge, that it can be catastrophic to your life, family, job, future and freedom. Aggravated DUI Felony Penalties are designed to punish repeat offenders, and those who may be endangering a child, if they are drunk driving in Arizona with a child under 15 in the vehicle.
The main difference in the penalty from a Misdemeanors DUI conviction and an Aggravated Felony DUI conviction is the incarceration time which can be much longer. An Aggravated DUI Felony conviction penalty may include a more lengthy incarceration and can be either in jail or prison rather than a shorter jail sentence than that of a Misdemeanor DUI. The second main penalty distinction is the exorbitant fines and license revocation for three years. This is a very serious matter, and one that should not be taken on, without an experienced Phoenix DUI Lawyer to defend you. If you are charge an Aggravated DUI Felony, make sure you hire an attorney who defends these types of Arizona DUI charges on a daily basis, is well versed in the law, court systems in the jurisdiction for which you were charged, and is extremely knowledgeable in defense strategies. Your Arizona DUI defense attorney should exhaust all avenues to attempt to get your cased dismissed. If this is not possible, they will make every attempt to get the charges lowered to a Misdemeanor DUI.
EXAMPLES OF AGGRAVATED DUI - FELONY
An Aggravated Felony DUI charge is the result from the following factors:
• 3rd DUI offense in 7 years
• DUI while driver's license is revoked, restricted or suspended
• DUI arrest when there is a child under the age of 15 years old is in the vehicle
Aggravated Felony DUI Penalties:
Subject to 4 months in Jail or Prison. (If record is clean with no prior felony convictions.)
Up to $150,000 plus 80% surcharge
$1500 prison assessment
$250 abatement fee
Drug or Alcohol Treatment & Counseling Costs
Driver License revoked for 3 years
Court ordered Ignition Interlock Device at defendant's expense
Some people tend to "give up" when charged with an Aggravated DUI Felony and feel that their live is over. Thousands of people just like you have received aggravated Felony DUI charges, including from doctors, attorneys, teachers, school principals, nurses, airline pilots, politicians, professors, engineers, singers, sports players, celebrities, ministers (it's true), sons, daughters, moms, dads, grandmothers, grandfathers, you name it. Anyone can get a DUI, Drug DUI or a Medication DUI in Arizona especially with such strict Arizona Laws. It does not mean your life is over. It does not mean you are a criminal. It simply means you are human, and all humans make mistakes, error in judgment, and go through tough times. But the worst mistake you can make after being charged, and arrested for an Aggravated Felony DUI is to do nothing. It is extremely important that you consult an experienced and proven Aggravated Felony DUI defense attorney to defend you. It will be one of the most important decisions you will make in a lifetime.