Aggravated DUI

The consequences of being arrested on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Arizona can be especially harsh. Arizona's DUI laws differentiate between various types of DUI offenses.

A driver's chances of being convicted of DUI are a good possibility if they are caught behind the wheel of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. For drivers of commercial vehicles, the standards are even lower as you cannot drive with a BAC of over 0.04 percent.

According to Arizona laws, there are three types of DUIs that are enforced are the state's roadways. DUI charges in the Phoenix area are not something you should navigate without legal representation like an experienced Arizona DUI lawyer from the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C.

A basic DUI is one where the BAC of the driver is between 0.08 percent and 0.14 percent. An extreme DUI offense is when drivers are caught driving with a BAC of 0.15 percent or higher. And, an aggravated DUI crime is defined under the following conditions:

  • The license of the driver has already suspended, revoked, or cancelled;-The driver has committed a third DUI offense within the past seven years;
  • The driver has committed a DUI violation while transporting a passenger who is under the age of 15 years-old;
  • The driver has refused to submit a breath sample while they are required to drive their vehicle under a court-mandated ignition interlock device (IID).

Each of these offenses carries different potential fines and jail sentences if the driver is convicted. If the driver is convicted of a basic DUI offense, they are facing the following consequences:

  • First offense: 10 days in the county jail; a fine of $1,250; mandated participation in alcohol treatment and education programs; the mandated installation of an IID; and performance of community service.
  • Second offense: 90 days in the county jail; a fine of $3,000; a 12-month driver's license revocation; mandated participation in alcohol treatment and education programs; the mandated installation of an IID; and performance of community service.

These are the potential consequences if the driver has been convicted of an extreme DUI, where their BAC was 0.15 percent or higher:

  • First offense: 30 days in the county jail with no possibility of probation; a fine of $2,500; mandated participation in alcohol treatment and education programs; the mandated installation of an IID; and performance of community service.
  • Second offense; 120 days in the county jail; a fine of $3,250; a 12-month driver's license revocation; mandated participation in alcohol treatment and education programs; the mandated installation of an IID; and performance of community service.

Driver's who are charged and convicted of an aggravated DUI violation in the state of Arizona could be sentenced to spend up to two years as an inmate in the Arizona Department of Corrections, as well as a suspension of their Arizona driver's license for a period of three years. The above requirements for basic and extreme DUI convictions will also apply to your case. If the driver refuses to submit to a chemical test to determine the level of their intoxication, they could lose their driving privileges for anywhere from 1-2 years.

With all of the potential repercussions of an arrest and a conviction for DUI, it is vital that your legal situation should be handled by an expert professional with the experience that the attorneys possess at the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C.

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