Driving under the influence is a serious crime in the state of Arizona, but impaired drivers can also face the penalties of the more severe charge of aggravated DUI for a number of reasons. In the Grand Canyon state, an aggravated DUI is a felony crime that is punishable with multiple years of imprisonment and usually results because additional laws were broken in addition to the state's basic DUI laws. FindLaw's KnowledgeBase lists four reasons that a driver could be charged with aggravated driving under the influence in the state.
- When a driver with a suspended, canceled, revoked or refused license commits a DUI or extreme DUI offense (BAC level of .15 or higher).
- If a driver commits a DUI or extreme DUI offense for a third time or subsequent time within a seven-year period.
- When a child under the age of 15 years old is in the vehicle at the time of a DUI or extreme DUI offense.
- To commit a DUI or extreme DUI offense when an ignition interlock device is supposed to be installed in the offender's vehicle under a court order or to refuse to submit to a BAC test as selected and requested by an officer when an ignition interlock device is supposed to be installed in the vehicle.
The full text of Arizona's aggravated DUI law can be found through Arizona Revised Statute 28-1383. If you need help with a DUI, a Phoenix DUI attorney can provide help and representation to aggravated DUI suspects.