Experienced Representation from Naegle Law Firm
In Arizona, as well as in all states, it is against the law to operate a vehicle while intoxicated. A charge for driving under the influence (DUI) alone can be severe, however, penalties can greatly increase if one or more aggravating circumstances are present. An “aggravated DUI” is a felony offense punishable by years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, and a license suspension. If you are facing charges and do not want a felony offense on your record, get in touch with our firm today. Our Mesa criminal defense attorney possesses substantial experience fighting the toughest DUI charges and can maximize the strength of your defense.
A driver may be charged with an aggravated DUI in situations including:
- Intoxicated driving with a suspended or revoked license
- A third DUI within a seven-year period
- An offense occurs with a child under 15 years old in the vehicle
What Are the Penalties for an Aggravated DUI?
While all aggravated DUIs are felonies, the specific penalties can differ dramatically for an offense depending on factors including a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC), previous drunk driving offenses, who was present in the car, and if any bodily injury occurred. Typically, the first offense for aggravated DUI is a class four felony punishable by four months in prison. In the case where a child is in the car, it can be charged as a class six felony punishable by three months in prison.
To make matters worse, the consequences of a DUI can extend well after a prison sentence ends and initial fines have been paid. Once an insurer becomes aware of a conviction for aggravated DUI, your insurance rates are likely to increase substantially over the next few years. This can be an increase of hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year. After a license suspension ends, any vehicle you do operate must be fitted with an ignition interlock device (IID), typically for a period of two years. Additionally, because an aggravated DUI is a felony offense, you may also lose your right to vote as well as the right to possess a firearm.
Experienced DUI Attorneys
At Naegle Law Firm, we understand how devastating the effects of a DUI conviction can be and we can fight tirelessly to protect our clients from these punishments. When your future is on the line, it is critical to secure a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. Our Mesa criminal defense attorney has been honored by prestigious legal organizations including Martindale-Hubbell® and the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. When you need effective legal representation, do not hesitate to get in touch with our firm.
Call (480) 245-5550 and speak to an award-winning attorney about your legal options.
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