It is illegal in Arizona to operate a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08% or higher. Drivers caught driving with a BAC or .08% or higher are arrested and charged with DUI. However, there are circumstances in which the charge is elevated to Aggravated DUI, for which penalties are more severe. Here are a few reasons why a DUI charge would be elevated to an Aggravated level:
- The driver caused an accident resulting in extensive property damage, serious bodily injury or death.
- A minor under the age of 15 was in the vehicle at the time of the driver’s arrest.
- The driver was operating the vehicle on a suspended or revoked license.
- The driver has been charged with more than three DUIs within the past seven years.
- The driver has a prior criminal record.
Aggravated DUI is a felony offense in the state of Arizona. If convicted, penalties could include prison time, costly fines, probation, driver’s license suspension or revocation, mandatory alcohol awareness classes and more. If you are arrested or charged with Aggravated DUI, is important to contact an experienced Phoenix Aggravated DUI Attorney.
Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys has extensive experience and success in defending those charged with Aggravated DUI. You deserve to have your rights protected, to have your case investigated and to have your freedom defended aggressively. Call Charlie Naegle at 480-245-5550 for your free consultation.