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Is an Arizona DUI Car Accident a Misdemeanor or Felony?

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs that cause impairment is illegal in Arizona, even including recreational marijuana. These Arizona DUI laws are taken seriously because driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs increases the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

While most DUIs are Class 1 misdemeanors under ARS 12-1381, you can be charged with a felony DUI if you cause an accident in which someone is injured or killed while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If you face DUI car accident charges, you should consult an experienced Arizona DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Potential Types of Charges for a DUI Car Accident

If you cause a drunk driving accident, you might face the following types of charges, depending on the circumstances:

Endangerment can be charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor; however, it can also be charged as a Class 6 felony when you are alleged to have placed someone else at imminent risk of serious injury or death. This means that you could face felony endangerment charges if you have a single-car accident with a passenger, even if no one was seriously injured, based on the risk of serious injury or death.

Following DUI accidents, aggravated assault, negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and second-degree murder charges are felony offenses carrying lengthy prison sentences.

If you caused a DUI car accident in which someone was seriously injured or killed, you would likely face one or more of these types of charges in addition to your DUI charge. Since vehicles can be considered dangerous weapons in criminal charges involving DUI accidents, the cases can be classified as dangerous felony offenses.

In Arizona, a dangerous felony conviction requires a mandatory prison sentence without the option of probation.

How much prison time you might face for a felony charge following a drunk driving accident will depend on multiple factors. These factors include the specific offense of which you are convicted, the victim’s age, whether you have prior felony convictions, and whether the prosecutor alleged the offense as a dangerous felony.

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Felony DUI in Arizona

Felony DUI in Arizona: What it Means to Be Charged with Aggravated DUI in AZ and What Your Legal Options Are

While the vast majority of DUIs in Arizona are charges relating to people pulled over with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level over 0.08 for the first time and without any further legal complications, there are some Arizona DUI designations that apply to those who have been been charged with DUIs before, or who are driving on a suspended license. 

Felony DUI and Aggravated DUI in Arizona are the Same Thing

A felony DUI in Arizona is also sometimes referred to as an aggravated DUI, and that’s because it typically means the driver has three or more DUI charges at the time of arrest. In other cases, the driver may have been charged with an aggravated DUI because s/he was driving under the influence while his or her license was already suspended or revoked as the result of some other prior charge. 

Some of the Reasons Why You May Be Charged with a Felony DUI in Arizona

You may be charged with a felony DUI if you are driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and you are also: 

  • Driving on a suspended or revoked license 
  • Driving on a cancelled license
  • You have been charged with three or more DUIs in the last seven years
  • Driving with a passenger(s) under the age of 15 in the vehicle 
  • Refusing to submit to BAC test when an ignition interlock device is installed in your vehicle

 

Make Your First Call to a Phoenix DUI Attorney 

If you have been arrested and/or charged with a felony DUI in Arizona, give Shah Law Firm a call at 602-560-7408 and we can discuss what options you have based on your prior history and the circumstances of your most recent DUI charge. 

Our AZ Law Team Has Years of Experience Defending Aggravated DUI Cases

After having successfully served thousands of people with DUI charges across the entire Phoenix Metro Area and beyond, we know exactly what it takes to get aggravated or felony DUI charges in Phoenix dismissed or reduced so that you can go on living your life and get back on the road safely sooner rather than later. 

Our Arizona aggravated DUI law team is here to assist you during this trying time. We know you’re scared of what the future may hold for you, but we also know what it takes to build a successful DUI strategy anywhere in Arizona. Give our caring and knowledgeable team a call today to get started on your defense at 602-560-7408.

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