Last Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 64 people as part of a nationwide operation to deport undocumented immigrants who had committed crimes. While many of the individuals were deported for drug-related crimes, four people were deported for having aggravated DUI convictions, The Arizona Republic reports.
“The goal is to take them out of our communities to prevent them from committing more crimes,” said Eduard Preciado, assistant Phoenix Field Office Director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations. While a DUI is a misdemeanor offense, an aggravated DUI carries felony charges and steeper penalties.
Aggravated DUIs generally result when, in addition to a DUI charge, other laws were broken. As an aggravated DUI charge is punishable with multiple years of imprisonment, and even deportation in this case, it’s important to understand what kinds of acts can lead to an aggravated DUI.
Here are some ways in which a driver can be charged with an aggravated DUI in Arizona:
- Committing a DUI offense while driving on a suspended, canceled, revoked, or refused license
- Committing three or more DUI offenses within a 7-year period
- Committing a DUI offense while a child under the age of 15 is in the car
- Committing a DUI offense while an ignition interlock system should be installed in one’s vehicle under a court order
- Refusing to submit to a BAC test requested by an officer while an ignition interlock system should be installed in one’s vehicle under a court order.
Drinking and driving should be avoided at all costs, as Arizona has some of toughest DUI laws in the country.
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