Driving under the influence is a serious crime that poses serious penalties.
This couldn’t be more true in Arizona, a state known for being one
of the toughest when it comes to DUI. While any DUI conviction carries
its consequences, there are situations when charges and penalties can
be greatly enhanced.
In Arizona, the majority of DUI arrests involve misdemeanor charges. In
some cases however - especially when aggravating circumstances are present
- individuals can be prosecuted with
felony DUI. Felonies are considered more serious offenses than misdemeanors. They
carry harsher penalties - including minimum terms of imprisonment - and
often result in long-term consequences that can affect your personal and
Under Arizona law, there are a few ways individuals can be charged with
felony DUI. Here are some examples:
Three DUIs in Seven Years - Multiple DUI convictions are considered an aggravating factor in DUI
cases. As a result, motorists can face felony charges for a third DUI
conviction within seven years. If you have two prior DUI convictions within
the past 7 years and are arrested for a new DUI, you can face felony allegations.
DUI with Minor Passenger - Arizona aggressively penalizes motorists who drive under the influence
with children in the vehicle. If you are arrested for DUI with a minor
passenger (under the age of 15) you can be charged with a felony.
DUI with Suspended License - Felony charges can be prosecuted against drivers arrested for DUI while
their driver’s license is suspended, canceled, revoked, or refused
- or while there are restrictions placed on their license.
DUI Causing Injury or Death - DUIs involving accidents that cause injuries or death are often the
most harshly punished driving under the influence charges. As felonies,
these charges can carry years of imprisonment.
At Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C., we have helped many clients charged with
DUI, including those facing felony DUI allegations. We know that the stakes
are elevated in these cases, and we fight aggressively to protect our
clients’ freedoms and futures.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for felony DUI, our legal
team is available to discuss the case during a FREE consultation.
Contact Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. today.