If you're convicted of a DUI, you're facing some steep penalties. But if you aggravate that DUI, you're facing even more penalties.
Under Arizona's DUI laws, it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. But that's just a simple DUI.
In Arizona, a driver can be charged with aggravated DUI -- a felony charge -- if he or she:
- Is found guilty or pleads guilty to DUI during a period when his or her driver's license or driving privileges have been cancelled, suspended, revoked, or refused (or if the driver was required to use an ignition interlock device);
- Commits a third or subsequent DUI violation within seven years of a previous conviction; or
- Violates Arizona drunken driving laws while a person under 15 years of age is in the vehicle.
In addition to those factors for an aggravated DUI, here are some other ways you can make a DUI charge even worse:
- Speeding. A reckless driving charge means more penalties and possibly even higher fines.
- Resisting arrest. It's a good idea to cooperate if you're ever pulled over by police. Don't pick a fight with the officer. You'll only add the charge of resisting arrest to your record.
- Causing a death. This is a worst-case scenario. A DUI that results in a death can become a DUI homicide or involuntary manslaughter charge.
A DUI charge can be difficult to deal with, and you don't want to find yourself in a potentially worse situation by aggravating the DUI. If you find yourself in a bad situation, talk to a DUI lawyer to see what your options are.
- DUI Laws & Resources (FindLaw)
- Arizona DUI Laws (FindLaw)
- More Than a DUI: Sentencing Enhancements in Arizona (FindLaw's Phoenix DUI Blog)