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How do prior convictions affect the charges against you?

Posted on November 11, 2014 in Felony DUI

It is no secret that drunk driving is a matter that is taken extremely seriously by authorities in Arizona. If your blood alcohol content is found to be 0.08 percent or above when you are operating a vehicle, you could face criminal charges. The severity of these charges depends on a number of factors, one of which is whether you have any previous convictions.

If you have multiple DUI convictions in existence at the time that you are apprehended, you could be charged with a felony. The exact rules on this vary from state to state. In some areas your previous convictions need to have fallen within a certain time period. However, in other state the mere existence of those convictions might be enough.

A previous conviction might also mean that your license has been revoked or suspended. If this is the case and you are still driving, that too could affect the charges and penalties you face. In some states, a DUI committed on such a license also constitutes a felony.

As with anything, it is important to know the legislation of your home state. An attorney can help you with this and might also be able to support you if you are faced with felony DUI charges. There are many aspects of your investigation and your personal circumstances that could be used to support your case or undermine that of the prosecution. Your attorney may be able to help you identify these things and assist you in avoiding conviction.

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