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Repeated DUIS could lead to felony charges

Driving drunk is already considered a very serious offense in Arizona, as is the case throughout the United States. However, in certain situations, charges may be elevated to the level of felonies, which can mean harsher penalties and longer sentences. It is even possible to receive felony charges for what might otherwise have been considered a misdemeanor, if the offense follows multiple others within a set period of time.

How do prior convictions affect the charges against you?

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.

What is classed as a felony DUI?

Any form of drunk driving conviction can have a severe impact on your life. You may lose your drivers' license, or be required to have an ignition interlock device fitted to your vehicle. You could even find that such a conviction impacts your employment, particularly if your job requires you to drive.

What constitutes a felony DUI?

Being charged with drunk driving is already an unpleasant situation to be in. Although many states consider a standard DUI charge to be a misdemeanor. Even so, as we have seen before, even a first offense in Arizona can result in jail time. Furthermore, certain conditions can elevate a charge to the level of felony. This means harsher penalties and more abiding consequences. However, the rules vary from state to state, so it is important to be aware of the rules in your home state.

Arizona driver faces felony charges

The prospect of facing criminal charges can be daunting and can cause some people to act rashly. When it comes to drunk driving, a police stop may be daunting, particularly if you fear that you might fail sobriety or breath tests, resulting in a DUI charge. You have the option to refuse these tests, but that in itself can lead to the revocation of your driver's license. Even so, whatever you decide to do, remaining calm and cooperative can be highly beneficial.

Arizona man accused of being 3 times over the limit

In Arizona, the legal limit for blood alcohol content when driving is 0.08 percent. As most drivers know, being found to be over this limit when behind the wheel can result in serious charges. In their drunk driving enforcement, police will often use tests to try to determine a person’s blood alcohol level.

Driver may face felony DUI after accident in Arizona

When an accident occurs on the roads, particularly if that accident involves serious injuries or fatalities, law enforcement officers are keen to discover the cause. This means that drivers involved may come under suspicion of drunk driving. There are a number of tests designed to help ascertain guilt, but these are not always accurate. Drivers in Arizona must be prepared to contest a felony DUI charge if they come under suspicion for this offense.

Harsh Penalties for Aggravated DUI / Felony DUI in Arizona

A great misconception about DUIs in Arizona is that they are always only misdemeanor charges. What many people are not aware of is that, in Arizona, it's really not very difficult to be arrested and cited for Aggravated DUI (also commonly referred to as Felony DUI).

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