Gilbert Aggravated DUI Lawyer

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.

Misdemeanor to Extreme DUIs in Gilbert

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.

Punishments for Extreme and Super Extreme DUIs

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.

Escalation to Aggravated DUI

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:

  • They were transporting a child under 15 when the car was pulled over
  • Their driver’s license had been revoked, suspended, or canceled
  • A judge-ordered ignition interlocking device was installed on their vehicle as a condition from a previous DUI
  • They had two prior DUI offenses within the past seven years

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.

Penalties for Aggravated DUI in Gilbert

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:

  • Jail time and a criminal record
  • A minimum fine of $750 and additional assessments ($250 in general, $1,500 allocated to the prison construction operations fund, $1,500 allocated to the public safety equipment fund, community restitution, and court costs)
  • Vehicle impoundment and revocation of driver’s license for three years or longer
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device for no less than a year
  • Probation for up to ten years
  • Alcohol or drug screening and treatment programs

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.

Contact a Gilbert Aggravated DUI Attorney Immediately

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.

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