There are few things more damaging to a person than obtaining a criminal record. Unfortunately, if you are someone who has recently been charged with a DUI in Arizona, you are most likely looking at very serious penalties, on top of obtaining a criminal record, that may follow you for years to come. That being said, if you have recently received aggravated DUI charges, you may be looking at even harsher consequences that can drastically affect your ability to live your life as you once knew it. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Arizona DUI attorney to learn more about aggravated DUIs in Arizona and how we can help you fight those charges. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:
How does Arizona law define an aggravated DUI?
If you are someone who is currently facing aggravated DUI charges, you should first have a firm understanding regarding what that term actually means. You can receive an aggravated DUI for a wide array of acts involving driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, including the following:
- Committing a DUI while you have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.
- Committing a DUI while you were driving the wrong way on a highway in Arizona.
- Committing your third DUI within 7 years.
- Committing a DUI while having a minor who is under the age of 15 in your vehicle at the same time.
- Refusing to submit to chemical testing while you already have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.
- Committing a DUI while having a driver’s license that has either been suspended, revoked, or canceled.
What happens if I am charged with an aggravated DUI in Arizona?
When someone is charged with an aggravated DUI in the state of Arizona, they face a wide array of penalties that may cost them their license, their job, and more. Some of the penalties for an aggravated DUI in Arizona are as follows:
- You may lose your license for up to three years.
- You may go to jail or prison for the offense.
- You will have to install and use the ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
- You will most likely have to participate in community service.
- You may have to submit to mandatory alcohol screening, education, and treatment.
- You will have to pay steep fines and court costs.
Contact our experienced Arizona firm
The legal team at Weintraub & Weintraub has years of experience representing clients who have been injured in accidents due to the negligence of others as well as those who are facing charges of driving under the influence. Those injured due to another party’s negligence should never have to suffer alone. If you need strong legal representation, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.