In the State of Arizona, an aggravated DUI is a class 4 felony charge. These types of charges carry harsh penalties. If convicted, drivers face a mandatory minimum prison sentence — even if it is their first charge. There are certain things that a police officer can find out that may lead to an aggravated DUI charge versus a typical DUI. Therefore, it’s important to hire an experienced aggravated DUI lawyer who understands DUI laws in Arizona to represent you.
About Arizona DUI Laws
Anyone that is over the age of 21 or older with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher can be charged with a Standard DUI as well as those under the age of 21 with any alcohol in their system. The difference between a standard DUI and an aggravated one is determined by several factors, including if someone’s license was suspended, restricted or revoked at the time of the arrest, if they’re driving with an interlock ignition device in their car, if there was a child under 15 in the car, or if someone has had two prior DUI convictions within seven years of a recent DUI arrest. All these factors can lead to an aggravated DUI charge in Arizona.