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Being charged with DUI in Scottsdale and surrounding areas can be very complex and difficult to figure out as a result of the various categories and laws surrounding DUI charges in Arizona.  For this reason it is imperative that you have a qualified and skilled DUI defense attorney to help you.  At Sonoran Law Group, we focus on DUI defense, and as a former DUI prosecutor, attorney Ryan M. Garvey has the experience necessary to pursue the success of your Aggravated DUI case.

A former prosecutor is deeply aware of the process and tactics used by any prosecutor you might face in your Aggravated DUI charge.  The first step to your defense is knowledge of the charges and possible sentencing that you might face if you are convicted.  When your attorney is familiar with every aspect of your case, he can begin to build a defense that will maximize your chances of a positive outcome.  Ryan Garvey is dedicated to providing only the best DUI defense to Arizona residents.

Aggravated DUI is a felony and much more serious type of DUI charge. There are three different ways DUI can become Aggravated DUI:

  1. Getting charged with DUI while having two prior DUI convictions within seven years.
  2. Getting charged with DUI while having a suspended, restricted, or revoked driver’s license.
  3. Getting charged with DUI while having an underage passenger in the vehicle.

The following will discuss Aggravated DUI charges that occur as the result of having two other DUI convictions on your record within a seven-year period.  If you receive a third DUI charge during this period, it will become an Aggravated DUI charge. Aggravated DUI is considered to be a class 4 felony, and as with other felony charges, the consequences are more severe.

If convicted of Aggravated DUI in Phoenix, you face the following penalties:

  • Minimum of 4 months in the Arizona state prison
  • Fines reaching up to $ 150,000
  • Probation for a maximum of 10 years
  • 3 year License Revocation
  • Ignition Interlock on your vehicle
  • Forfeiture of your vehicle

One of the best approaches to your aggravated DUI case is to attempt to have the aggravating factor dropped, reducing your charge to a simple misdemeanor DUI.  One of the ways this can be accomplished is by challenging the documentation used by the prosecutor to prove the existence of the other two DUI convictions.  The consequences for a simple DUI in Phoenix are much less severe, and are desirable when compared to the extreme penalties that occur when convicted of Aggravated DUI.