Aggravated DUI - DWI Charges in Tempe AZ
DUI while driving on a suspended license in Arizona is a felony. Felony DUI charges under ARS § 28-1383 are known as Aggravated DUI charges. Felony DUI charges are serious offenses and can result in harsh sentencing including 4 months jail time, and 3 years revocation in driving privileges. You should always consult an experienced DUI defense attorney before pleading guilty to these charges to discuss the consequences and options for your defense.
ARS § 28-1383: Aggravated DUI Laws
A person is guilty of aggravated driving or actual physical control while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs if the person is found guilty of DUI under ARS § 28-1381, ARS § 28-1382 or ARS § 28-1385:
(1) While their driver's license or privileges are:
• Refused; or
DUI Convictions which include driving on an invalid license is a Class 4 felony.
Penalties for Aggravated DUI
Penalties for Felony DUI with an invalid driver's license include:
• Minimum 4 months jail term;
• $3,250.00 Assessments;
• Fines $750.00;
• Driver's License Revocation 3 years;
• 2 years Ignition Interlock Device after license reinstatement;
• Alcohol/Drug counseling or treatment;
• Possible forfeiture of vehicle;
• Possible Community Services
The court may order additional penalties if deemed necessary and appropriate.
Felony DUI Defense Attorney in Tempe AZ
Aggravated DUI convictions have other long term consequences including a felony criminal record, loss of some civil rights such as right to bear arms or right to vote; and other adverse impacts. You should consider invoking your right to defending your charges by pleading "not guilty", at your Arraignment. You should preserve your defenses by invoking your right to remain silent concerning any questioning or interrogation of your DUI after your arrest. If retained, your criminal attorney will protect your rights; and defend your charges; to help you avoid a conviction and harsh sentencing. There may be defenses you are not aware of that help you challenge the charges. In some cases, the DUI can be dismissed; or charges and penalties reduced depending on the circumstances.