In Arizona, most DUIs are classified as misdemeanors. However, under certain circumstances, a DUI can be charged as a felony. Aggravated DUIs and extreme DUIs are both felony offenses in Arizona, and both are applicable is specific situations.
Below is a list of some factors that could lead to felony DUI charges.
- A child under the age of 15 was present in the car at the time of the driver’s arrest
- The defendant had previous DUI convictions or a criminal record
- The defendant’s driver’s license was suspended or revoked at the time of arrest
- The defendant was arrested after a judge required the defendant to use an ignition interlocking device
While there are other circumstances that could lead to a felony DUI charge, these are typically the most common factors that elevate the DUI penalties.
Types of Felony DUIs in Arizona
Drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15% or more can be charged with an extreme DUI. In situations involving the situations above, or if the driver caused an accident resulting in property or personal damage, the driver may face an aggravated DUI charge.
In either case, the penalties for a DUI conviction are greater than those for a typical misdemeanor DUI charge.
Penalties for a Felony DUI in Arizona
A felony DUI charge comes with increased punishments, and may include prison time, significant fines, community service hours and other requirements. Because felony DUIs can affect your personal and professional life much more than a misdemeanor, it’s recommended that you seek legal counsel immediately following a DUI charge.
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