Aggravated DUI in Arizona

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Being pulled over by the police and cited for misdemeanor DUI in Arizona is a serious charge.  But when that same traffic stop results in an aggravated DUI it quickly becomes an entirely different animal, as it is a felony.  The penalties are suddenly much higher and a conviction could have a much more devastating effect on you and your family’s future.

People get confused about the difference between Aggravated DUI, Extreme DUI or Super Extreme DUI.  If the word “Extreme” is in the title of your DUI then it is a misdemeanor.  If it is “Aggravated” then it is a felony.

No matter what the circumstances are surrounding your case, you need representation that will fight for a positive outcome on your behalf. You can get help from us today!

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If you have been arrested and charged with an aggravated DUI, it is important that you find a Phoenix DUI lawyer who can offer the best possible representation.  Don’t hesitate to give Alcock and Associates a call today for a free consultation at 602-989-5000  We look forward to speaking with you.

Basic Facts About Aggravated DUI in Arizona You May Not Know:

Aggravated DUI is a felony in several instances, either a Class 4 felony or a Class 6 felony.  One of them is generally less severe and easier to defend than the other.  A typical aggravated DUI takes about four to six months in court.  Aggravated DUI cases that involve car accidents with serious physical injury can be charged as aggravated assaults.  The prison time for aggravated assaults is typically substantially higher than other types of DUIs.

A Class 4 felony aggravated DUI can be the result of several conditions.  The specific requirements depend on the state in which the DUI occurred, but grounds for a felony charge in the state of Arizona generally include:

  • If an accident occurs while driving under the influence
  • Driving under the influence with two recent prior convictions
  • Driving under the influence with a suspended license
  • Driving under the influence with a minor in the car

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Technically speaking, a Class 4 felony results from a suspect being accused of either driving or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle, while impaired, with the metabolite of a drug in your system, or with a certain blood alcohol concentration. The accused is also thought to have been driving under the influence with a suspended, revoked, or canceled license.

A Class 6 Aggravated DUI is generally the result of a DUI with children under the age of 15 in the car. while a serious offense, it is significantly less serious than the Class 4 varieties.

Aggravated DUI cases are eligible for life. This means that a person convicted of an Aggravated DUI decades ago can have that arrest used against them for another arrest. Many people are shocked to learn that prosecutors often times ask judges for sentences of years in prison for cases that involve prior Aggravated DUI convictions.

Felony DUIs are handled in a special court. Most of the cases are handled at the Madison court in downtown Phoenix.  The prosecutors who work on the cases are specially trained and belong to the “vehicular” unit.

Penalty Ranges for Aggravated DUI in Arizona

The amount of time you can get for an Aggravated DUI in Arizona is actually pretty significant.  Typically, someone convicted of an Aggravated DUI is looking at anywhere between a minimum of 4 months in prison and 4 years.  For multiple offenses, that time increases into years of prison. People with multiple offenses could be looking at up to ten years in some cases.

There are basically two really important key factors:

1.) How many times have you been convicted of Aggravated DUI in the past?

2.) Was your license suspended at the time you were driving and did you know/should you have know about it?

The question of whether or not the driver was aware of the suspension at the time of driving is important in these cases.  If the answer is no, there is no aggravated DUI. The standard for Aggravated DUI in Arizona for license suspensions is “know or should have known.”  As a result, the State needs to prove that the driver should have known that their privilege to drive was suspended, canceled or revoked.

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For a Class 6 felony charge in Arizona such as driving over the legal limit while having a minor child in the vehicle, normally the prosecutor will make some type of arrangement with you, such as an undesignated felony that you could later work off and it would become a misdemeanor after you’ve completed probation.

Felony consequences vary enormously due to plea offers and the felony sentencing guidelines.  Every case is different.  We know how to win Aggravated DUI cases. Our DUI attorneys can get started right now!ur law firm has a number of former DUI prosecutors on staff.  We know the system inside and out.  We work with the foremost experts in the area of law.  Call us today to get all of your questions answered at 602-989-5000.

Understanding the law and knowing your rights is the best possible defense, so don’t hesitate to seek legal help if you face an aggravated DUI charge.  I know from years of experience that aggravated DUIs are beatable.  It is entirely possible to defeat the State by showing that you were not aware of your license suspension, you were not impaired by alcohol, or the police violated a fundamental constitutional right.

The Phoenix DUI lawyers at Alcock and Associates have handled thousands of Aggravated DUIs across Arizona.  Our DUI lawyers know how to win and we can help you battle the system.