Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the state of Arizona can be criminally charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the circumstances of the case. Generally, most instances of DUI are classified as a misdemeanor offense, with the exception of only a few that are charged as felony/aggravated offenses. Your arrest for DUI could be charged as a felony offense if:
- The defendant carries prior DUI convictions on his or her criminal record
- The defendant was arrested for a DUI after he or she had been ordered by an Arizona judge to use an ignition interlock device
- The defendant was carrying a passenger under the age of 15 at the time of his or her arrest
- The defendant's driver's license was suspended or revoked at the time of his or her DUI arrest
If you've been accused of any of the offenses listed above, then you could be facing serious felony DUI charges for which you will undoubtedly need the skillful defense of an experienced Phoenix DUI attorney at the Rosenstein Law Group.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office today for the aggressive defense you need to challenge the allegations that have been made against you.
Misdemeanor DUIs in Phoenix, Arizona
In the state of Arizona, any DUI, extreme DUI or super extreme DUI will be charged as a misdemeanor offense, each of which will be punished under a separate set of penalties. For example, a first-offense DUI could result in up to 10 days of jail time, hundreds of dollars in fines and surcharges, driver's license suspension, mandatory alcohol screening and education, community service hours, and even up to five years on probation. On the other hand, an extreme DUI, while still a class 1 misdemeanor offense, will be penalized quite differently.
A first offense for extreme DUI, which is categorized by a blood alcohol content between .15 and .199, could result in up to 30 days of jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and surcharges, driver's license suspension for up to 90 days, alcohol screening and education, community service hours, and up to five years on probation. As the seriousness of the offense rises, i.e. second offense extreme DUI or super extreme DUI (BAC over .20), so too will the severity of the consequences that are applied to any conviction that is made.
Aggressive Defense From a Phoenix DUI Lawyer
Whether you're facing misdemeanor or felony charges for a DUI offense in Arizona, you will inarguably benefit from the retention of an experienced Phoenix DUI defense lawyer at the Rosenstein Law Group. We are invested in the efforts we make toward seeing our clients through to the successful completion of their case, and we are prepared to do the same for you.
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