The Levels and Associated Charges of DUIs in Glendale Arizona
Driving under the influence, or DUI, is defined as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. Additionally, there are different levels of DUI, with each level carrying different consequences.
Don’t let the term misdemeanor fool you, every DUI is serious. Even if you have never been in any type of trouble before, under Arizona DUI laws the consequences can include $2500 in fines, 90 days driver’s license suspension, up to six months in jail, and alcohol treatment at your own expense.
Surprisingly you can be convicted of a DUI even if your BAC is below .08 percent. This is considered impaired driving.
If you have a BAC of .08 percent or more you can be charged with DUI.
A BAC of .15 percent can bring a charge of extreme DUI.
Super extreme DUI
If you have a BAC of .20 percent or more it is considered super extreme DUI.
The higher ones blood alcohol content, the more severe the consequences and the higher the fines.
In addition you can be charged with a felony DUI if the DUI is considered aggravated.
Felony Driving Under the Influence:
Several circumstances can raise the level to an aggravated DUI such as; driving under the influence after having had two previous DUI convictions, driving under the influence when one’s driver’s license is already suspended, or driving under the influence with a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle.
DUI with Injury
If you are involved in an accident while driving under the influence, even if you are not at fault the prosecution will show no mercy. Depending on the severity of the injuries and the level of the BAC, the prosecution is likely to seek the highest fines along with substantial jail time.
Furthermore, those injured in the accident can also file suit seeking compensation.
If convicted of DUI with injury you will face a minimum of four months in jail along with a minimum fine of $4500. If you have previously been convicted of aggravated DUI you can face a jail sentence of up to 15 years.
The financial and personal consequences of a DUI are far reaching, affecting your career, your relationships and your bank account. If you have been charged with DUI it’s crucial that you seek the counsel of an expert Glendale DUI attorney.
Most attorneys are willing to represent clients accused of DUI, but at My AZ Lawyers you will find attorneys who specialize in their field. Our DUI attorneys regularly attend continuing education to stay current with Arizona DUI law and are highly experienced in their field. They will aggressively protect your legal rights and devise the best strategy to defend your case in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
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