If you or someone close to you faces aggravated DUI charges in the Peoria, Arizona area, seek legal counsel from Peoria aggravated DUI attorneys you can count on. The criminal defense lawyers in Peoria at Stewart Law Group have years of experience in DUI law. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Thousands of arrests every year are due to DUI charges. In 2013 alone, police made 14,000 arrests for DUI charges in just six months. While the less severe misdemeanor DUI charge makes up a large portion of DUI arrests, aggravated DUIs are felonies and have much more severe consequences. These charges include cases such as driving under the influence with children in the car, having multiple DUI charges, and more. DUI cases where the driver had a high blood alcohol content (BAC) are the only extenuating circumstance classified differently. They are extreme DUIs.
Hiring a DUI Defense Attorney
Scott David Stewart is an Arizona DUI attorney. He has served as a DUI attorney for hundreds of DUI and aggravated DUI cases. Having previously been a prosecutor, he is familiar with the opposition’s approach. Neglecting to hire legal help in the case of DUIs, particularly felony charges, often results in longer jail time and more difficulty and heartache for you and your family.
If you or a loved one faces DUI charges, do not wait. Contact Stewart Law Group for a free consultation today. We are here to help.
Why Choose Us?
Stewart Law Group serves a wide area in Arizona, including Peoria. The attorneys have a record of case successes. Here are few examples of why clients choose Stewart Law Group.
- Our attorneys have served thousands of clients and have decades of experience.
- The firm boasts an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
- Our attorneys are former prosecutors. They have been on both sides of the courtroom and can formulate the best defense.
- Our attorneys are committed to a one-on-one approach to every case.
Reasons for an Aggravated DUI
Specific qualifications turn a simple misdemeanor DUI into an aggravated DUI. Here are examples of those circumstances.
- Getting a DUI while driving with a revoked, cancelled, restricted, or suspended license is a Class 4 felony with mandatory jail time. This applies to cases of DUI to the slightest degree of impairment.
- Getting a DUI when you have two prior DUI convictions in the last seven years is a Class 4 felony with mandatory jail time. After prison, the driver may still be subject to consequences, such as an ignition interlock device mandate. Ignition interlocks are breathalyzers used before a driver can start his or her car.
- DUI while driving with children under the age of 15 in the car is a Class 6 felony. The law requires mandatory jail time of at least one day, but the penalties are less severe than a Class 4 felony charge.
- Class 4 felonies can result in multiple years in prison and hefty fines. When defendants can have charges reduced from Class 4 felonies, the consequences significantly decline.
Permanent Consequences of Aggravated DUI Felony Convictions
The state of Arizona classifies aggravated felony DUIs as forever allegeable. This means that the court can use the conviction against the defendant forever, particularly if he or she faces other crimes in the future. This law is one major reason that anyone convicted of aggravated DUI should seek legal counsel. Getting a charge such as this one reduced can make a huge difference in the quality of life for the defendant and his or her loved ones.