Not all DUI’s are misdemeanors in Arizona. A felony DUI is an Aggravated DUI. Conviction for an Aggravated DUI leads to far harsher punishment than even that called for by Arizona’s strict DUI laws. An Aggravated DUI can typically result from a Glendale DUI arrest in these circumstances:
Your driver’s license was suspended, canceled, or revoked at the time of driving
You have two prior DUI convictions in the last 7 years
You are required to equip your car with an ignition interlock device but do not
There was a minor under age 15 with you in the car
You were driving the wrong way
Aggravated DUI Penalties
A conviction for an Aggravated DUI can lead to a minimum of 4 months in prison and up to 3.75 years in prison. A prior felony history will lead to enhanced sentencing and longer imprisonment. There are, of course, secondary effects of DUI convictions, like a felony conviction on your record, and loss of driving privileges.
Where are Felony DUIs Charged
If you are arrested for an Aggravated DUI in Glendale, Arizona, it will be charged in the Maricopa County Superior Court, not in the Glendale City Court. If you think your case should be an Aggravated DUI, but you are in the Glendale City Court for your hearings, you need to immediately contact a lawyer to find your best course of action.
Call the Rosenstein Law Group at 480-248-7666 or online for a free consultation. The lawyers at the Rosenstein Law Group will assist you with getting the best possible result in your Aggravated DUI case stemming from your Glendale DUI arrest.