Arizona’s laws set harsh punishments for motorists who drive under the influence of any intoxicating substance. A relentless prosecutor can escalate a simple misdemeanor to felony charges that jeopardize your freedom.
If you were facing a misdemeanor or extreme DUI charge that was ramped up, call a Gilbert aggravated DUI lawyer immediately to help mitigate the severe consequences ahead of you. The aggressive defense attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group can work tirelessly to preserve your rights and help you avoid serious criminal penalties.
Under Arizona Revised Statutes § 28-1382, a simple DUI turns into an extreme one if a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above 0.15 but below 0.20. Above this level, drivers can be charged with super extreme DUIs. Additionally, Arizona Revised Statutes § 28-101(37) does not limit motor vehicles to cars or trucks. Rather, an operator of any highway-eligible vehicle including motorcycles and scooters can receive a DUI charge for having a BAC of at least 0.04 behind the wheel, or 0.08 within two hours of driving.
Drivers convicted of extreme DUIs face at least thirty consecutive days in jail and a minimum $250 fine, in addition to a $1,000 fee to have an ignition interlock device installed for one year. Drivers with BACs above 0.20 face a minimum of 45 consecutive days in jail, assorted fines beginning at $500, plus the interlock fee.
A misdemeanor, extreme, or super extreme DUI can escalate to an aggravated DUI, which is a felony charge. Under the Arizona Criminal Code Section 28-1383, aggravated DUI is on the table for a motorist accused of a lesser DUI charge if:
At Grand Canyon Law Group, we understand how these charges can ruin someone’s life without an aggressive defense strategy. A felony conviction for an aggravated DUI can severely restrict a person in their housing, employment, and educational options, not to mention the lifelong stigma that may follow them. Our former prosecutors understand how to defend aggravated DUI cases and protect accused Gilbert residents from escalated charges and increased penalties.
Motorists charged with aggravated DUI face various felony penalties determined by the circumstances that elevated the misdemeanor or extreme charges. Those convicted of aggravated DUI could face any of the following punishments:
A conviction for aggravated DUI is financially expensive, factoring in fines and assessments, the cost of alternative transportation, and the loss of opportunities and rights. It also comes at a huge cost to one’s freedom if a sentence includes incarceration. When facing such severe penalties, it is wise to contact a legal firm with a track record of success. The lawyers at Grand Canyon Law Group can guide you through the legal system to help attain the best outcome available in your circumstances.
You may be confused as to why your DUI charge has been ratcheted up to an aggravated one, or terrified that you are being accused of a felony. Your fear is warranted—you stand to lose your rights and freedoms without the right advocate in court.
Do not attempt to deal with these charges alone. The Gilbert aggravated DUI lawyers at Grand Canyon Law Group are here to build an effective defense for your unique circumstances. Call today for your initial consultation.