Phoenix Aggravated DUI Attorney
Have You Been Arrested for Felony DUI in Phoenix?
You will be arrested and charged with DUI if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or higher, however, depending on the circumstances of the arrest, you may be charged with aggravated DUI, which is a much more serious offense.
It is vital that you contact an aggressive and experienced aggravated DUI attorney in Phoenix if you've been charged with aggravated DUI.
A lawyer who has successfully defended clients charged with aggravated DUI and has the skills, knowledge, and experience to fight your charges can greatly increase the chances of winning your case and getting your charges dismissed.
How Charges Are Enhanced to "Aggravated"
It is illegal to drive or operate a vehicle in Arizona if your BAC is 0.08% or higher. Any person who violates this law will be arrested and charged with DUI.
There are, however, certain circumstances that could enhance your criminal charges to aggravated DUI.
Your criminal charges may be enhanced to an aggravated DUI if the following is true:
- A minor under the age of 15 was in the vehicle when you were arrested;
- You were operating a vehicle on a suspended or revoked license;
- You caused an accident that resulted in property damage, bodily injury or death;
- You have been charged with more than three DUIs within the past seven years; and
- You have prior criminal offenses on your record
Aggravated DUI is charged as a class 4 felony offense, which means that you will face extensive legal repercussions upon conviction.
The penalties that are associated with a crime of this nature are severe and will have serious consequences that can be felt for years to come.
A conviction can bring with it the possibility of incarceration of two years or more, a maximum monetary fine of $150,000 and the possibility of a three year license suspension.
In the state of Arizona, the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) may even try to revoke your license completely which is much more serious than a suspension. It can also include the possibility of experiencing vehicle forfeiture.
Should the crime be elevated to a class 6 felony, the penalties will be similarly elevated with incarceration being more probable whereas the class 4 felony will likely include probation in lieu of the imprisonment sentence.
Charged with a Second DUI Offense?
Being charged with one criminal charge of this nature, but often, repeat offenders will happen. When this occurs, the criminal penalties will become exponentially worse:
- Again, under 28-1382, a second offense will lead to penalties that include up to 180 days of imprisonment, 90 of which must be consecutive.
- There will also be a $1,000 monetary fine, a mandatory 30 hours spent in community restitution and up to a year of driver's license suspension, as well as up to eighteen months of the ignition interlock device.
With additional assessments and the possibility of being forced to cover jail costs, the monetary price of a criminal charge can grow to be extremely inconvenient.
Hard-Hitting Criminal Defense You Can Count On
It is important to remember that just because you have been criminally charged does not mean that you have been convicted. There are steps that you can take to defend your rights and there are defenses that can be utilized to help protect yourself against criminal penalties.
For example, what if you were subjected to an unlawful police stop? While most people don't realize, the truth is that not every traffic stop is lawful. If there was not probable cause to pull you over, the validity of the entire arrest can be put into question.
Phoenix DUI lawyer Anthony Knowles has successfully defended hundreds of clients who have been charged with this crime and he is not afraid to negotiate or stand up to the prosecution.
His entire legal team understands that being charged with any kind of DUI can be a frightening, overwhelming, and stressful experience, but it is also something that you do not have to go through alone.
Their firm is committed to providing each client with personalized attention, time, effort and dedication throughout their entire case to help each defendant navigate this difficult time.
Above all, they work hard to fight against DUI charges and to help give the maximum opportunity to win your case!
To set up a free consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Knowles Law Firm, PLC today at (602) 702-5431.
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