Are you facing an aggravated/felony DUI charge in Arizona? While any DUI carries the potential for harsh penalties, in most cases the charge is a misdemeanor. There are, however, numerous factors that can turn what might otherwise be a misdemeanor into a serious felony. If you have been accused of felony DUI, you need to be sure that your attorney will do whatever it takes pursue any and all defenses to the charge against you.
At Feldman & Royle, we are experienced DUI lawyers who regularly represent clients charged with felonies. Call us for a free consultation. We will explain the specifics of the charge you are facing, and provide you with a blueprint for your defense.
To better understand your case, it is helpful to lay out how a DUI gets charged as a felony.
What is Aggravated/Felony DUI?
There are a number of situations in which a DUI can be charged as a felony. A.R.S. 28-1383 lists the conduct which would support an aggravated DUI charge. It includes violating A.R.S. 28-1381 (DUI) or 1382 (extreme DUI),
- While your driver’s license is suspended, revoked or restricted as the result of a prior DUI (including an administrative suspension), or of certain other motor vehicle related offenses;
- And having two or more prior DUI’s within the previous 84 months. This includes convictions in other jurisdictions for acts that would, if committed in Arizona, constitute a DUI. The dates of the offenses are controlling when measuring the lookback period.
- While there is a child aged 14 or younger in your vehicle.
- While you are under an order requiring the use of an ignition interlock device.
In addition, there are other circumstances that could lead to a felony DUI charge. They include DUI causing serious injuries. As felonies, all these charges carry stiff penalties.
Penalties for Aggravated DUI
Aggravated DUI, no matter what the specifics of the charge may be, is a serious matter. Like all felonies, the penalties can be harsh. If you are convicted of aggravated DUI, you can expect:
- Jail / Prison. A minimum of 4 months in prison (not jail) as a term of probation is required (possibly less if the violation is for DUI with a child passenger or ignition interlock violation).
- Fines, fees, jail costs, insurance surcharge, increased insurance premiums, interlock costs, substance abuse screening and classes, etc. In most cases this will amount to well over $12,000.
- License suspension. You may be facing a mandatory license revocation (not just a simple suspension).
In addition to any penalties that may be imposed, an aggravated/felony DUI conviction will have a huge impact on your life. Long after the jail time has been served and the fines have been paid, you still have a felony conviction on your record. Unless that conviction is set aside, it will stay with you for the rest of your life.
The disastrous consequences of a conviction in a felony DUI case make it imperative that you seek experienced legal help as soon as possible.
Aggravated/Felony DUI Attorneys in Arizona
The attorneys at law firm of Feldman & Royle know what you are going through. They understand the pressure of having a felony charge hanging over your head. They are also experienced at handling DUI cases.
The staggering costs, in terms of money, jail time and reputation, of being convicted of aggravated DUI, make it essential that you choose your attorney wisely. At Feldman & Royle, we will treat your case with the attention it deserves. If there is a defense, we will raise it. If there is a way to negotiate an acceptable result, we will handle it. Find out what our firm can do for you. We offer a free, no obligation consultation. Call us today.