In Arizona, a DUI conviction can turn your life upside-down. Whether it is considered a minor offense or a serious crime, the penalties can still have a significant impact on your future. You might lose your license, or have to fit an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. You could even be fined or sent to jail. To make things worse, if the charges are elevated to the level of felonies, the penalties could be even more severe.

There are many reasons this can occur, but in general, felony DUI cases are those in which the consequences of the incident are deemed to be particularly serious. Otherwise, you may be charged with a felony if you have a number of prior DUI convictions.

As this article on DUI offenses explains, the legislation surrounding what does and does not constitute a felony offense varies from one state to the next. As such, knowing the rules in your home state is important. Some of the factors that could elevate the charges against you include causing bodily harm while driving under the influence or having children in your car at the time of the offense.

Whatever the case, a felony charge is a serious matter and could carry severe penalties. As such, your defense is critical. However, it can be hard to know what to say or how to present your version of events under pressure. Fortunately, you do not have to navigate this complicated process alone as an attorney may be able to answer your questions and provide the advice and support you need. With this guidance, you can improve your chances of avoiding conviction and reaching a favorable resolution to your trial.