Arizona law provides increased penalties for individuals operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with the addition of one of the following factors:

  • The presence of a passenger under the age of 15 in the vehicle;
  • The operation of a vehicle while a person's driving privilege's are suspended or revoked;
  • A person charged with their 3rd DUI offense within a 7 year period.

Arizona law provides different types of penalties for individuals charged with an aggravated DUI offense. The following penalties are possible depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.

Individuals charged with an Aggravated DUI, due to the presence of a passenger under the age of 15, face the possible penalties listed below:

  • A class 6 felony charge;
  • Minimum jail sentence for the type of DUI that an individual would have faced without the presence of the person under the age of 15;
  • Suspension or possible revocation of driving privileges;
  • Probation;
  • Fines and fees up to $150,000.

Individuals charged with an Aggravated DUI, due to driving while an individual's driving privilege's are suspended or revoked, face the possible penalties listed below:

  • A class 4 felony charge;
  • Minimum prison sentence of 4 months;
  • Suspension or possible revocation of driving privileges;
  • Probation;
  • Fine and fees up to $150,000.

Individuals charged with an Aggravated DUI, due to receiving their 3rd DUI offense in 7 years, face the possible penalties listed below:

  • A class 4 felony charge;
  • Minimum prison sentence of 4 months;
  • Suspension or possible revocation of driving privileges;
  • Probation;
  • Fine and fees up to $150,000.

Because a person will face increased penalties when charged with an aggravated DUI offense, it is crucial to contact Lafayette at The Newsome Firm. The help of a defense attorney will allow the individual to fight for their rights using legal arguments that may greatly affect the outcome of the case. Typical legal arguments may include challenging the type of testing used by the officers, the lack of probable cause or a lack of evidence. Results of successful legal challenges include a dismissal of the charges or a reduction to lesser non-DUI related charge.

Because of the possible penalties associated with a DUI offense and the difficult understanding of Arizona law, it is very crucial that an individual hire an experienced DUI attorney to fight successfully on their behalf.


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