What Is an Aggravated DUI?

October 15, 2014

Aggravated DUI in Arizona

Driving under the influence, or DUI, refers to operating a vehicle when your blood alcohol level is above the legal limit. An aggravated DUI, also called a “felony DUI” or “extreme DUI,” is a more serious DUI charge that may arise under certain circumstances.

Keep reading to find out more about what it means to be charged with an aggravated DUI and what this charge may mean in terms of penalties.

Conditions Leading to an Aggravated DUI

You may be charged with an aggravated DUI if you are “driving or in physical control” of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or liquor in the presence of certain specific circumstances.

These circumstances include driving without a license, driving while your license is revoked or suspended, and driving drunk while a child younger than the age of 15 is present in the vehicle.

In Arizona, aggravated DUI charges may also occur if you commit a third (or greater) drunk driving violation in the state within a period of 84 months.

Other factors that may lead to an aggravated DUI charge include driving drunk in a school zone or causing an accident during which extensive property damage, serious injury, or death occurs.


Penalties Resulting from an Aggravated DUI

An aggravated DUI charge often results in harsher penalties than a normal DUI charge.

If you are charged with an aggravated DUI in the state of Arizona due to a suspended license or multiple violations, you may not be eligible for probation, pardon, or suspension of your sentence until you have served at four to eight months in prison.

Additionally, you may be required to attend drug or alcohol screening and treatment in addition to your sentence.

Aggravated DUI penalties can also include fines, community service requirements, and the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

Have you been charged with an DUI in Arizona? Contact the Thrush Law Group today.

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