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Harming someone could elevate your DUI charge

Being caught up in an accident in Arizona is often a traumatic experience for all involved. Aside from potential injuries and damage to your vehicle, you may also have the worry of being investigated for any potential responsibility for the crash. One thing that could count against you in this circumstance is the presence of alcohol in your system.

Even if you are not over the limit, officers may be able to smell alcohol on your breath. They may even conduct a Breathalyzer testt simply as a routine check. However, if you are found to be above the legal limit, that is, if your BAC is 0.08 percent or above, you could face charges of drunk driving.

This can be a serious matter on its own, potentially resulting in fines, jail time or even the suspension of your driver's license. However, if someone was injured in the accident during which you were found to be driving drunk, the charges against you could be even more severe. As this article on DUI accidents explains, causing bodily harm can be enough to elevate your charges to the level of felony.

Whatever charges you face, an attorney could be invaluable. He or she can help you evaluate the circumstances of your arrest and may be able to identify whether there were any flaws in the investigative process. Facing trial for felony drunk driving can be a daunting experience, but with the right support and guidance you may be able to clear your name and avoid conviction altogether.

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