Driving with any alcohol in your system can be risky, as many drivers in Arizona already know. Even if you know you are not over the limit, everyone reacts to alcohol differently. If your driving appears to be impaired, this could result in you being investigated for drunk driving. Furthermore, if officers can smell alcohol on you, this could raise their suspicions even if you pass a Breathalyzer test.
Of course, it is also important to know your limits purely from a safety perspective. If another driver on the road is acting irresponsibly and your reactions are impeded even slightly by alcohol, it could be the difference between avoiding a crash and being seriously injured. However, some drivers have the misfortune of being charged with drunk driving simply because a Breathalyzer malfunctioned.
The penalties if convicted can be bad enough, but this is made even worse if it becomes a felony charge. Aggravated DUI counts as a felony and covers a wide range of offenses, so it is important to know the rules in your home state. Examples of aggravated DUI include the following:
- A DUI committed with someone aged under 15 in the vehicle.
- A DUI that caused property damage or injury.
- A DUI that occurs while your license is revoked or suspended.
- A DUI that is the third within a space of seven years.
If you face any of these charges, you might benefit from the advice of an attorney. He or she can evaluate the evidence against you and may be able to help you find a way to avoid conviction or at least have your sentence reduced.