Driving under the influence (
DUI) may be a relatively common offense, but it still remains a serious criminal
charge that poses serious penalties and long-term consequences. Depending
on the facts of your case, your DUI may be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor
or a felony. Felonies, by definition, are considered more serious charges
and impose harsher penalties, including minimum terms of imprisonment.
Although the majority of DUI charges in Phoenix and Arizona are misdemeanors,
there are still several instances when aggravating circumstances can result
in felony charges. Below are several examples of cases where prosecutors
may choose to file felony DUI charges:
Multiple DUI Convictions -Under Arizona law, habitual DUI offenders can face felony charges and
extremely severe penalties. Drivers can be charged for aggravated DUI
(felony) if they have been convicted of three or more DUIs within the
past 7 years.
DUI without a Valid License - Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a suspended, cancelled,
revoked, or refused license can be grounds for felony charges.
DUI with Minor Passengers - DUIs involving motorists who have minor passengers in the vehicle can
result in felony charges. Arizona law imposes aggravated DUI charges if
the passenger is under the age of 15.
DUI & Serious Accidents -You can face felony DUI charges if you caused serious accidents, especially
accidents that result in serious injuries or death. These are considered
the most serious DUI allegations and often result in harsh penalties,
including long terms of imprisonment.
Remember, every case is different and has a unique set of facts and circumstances.
If you have questions about a recent DUI arrest, felony DUI charges, and
how our experienced lawyers can help you,
contact Knowles Law Firm, PLC today.