An Aggravated Driving Under the Influence charge is taken very seriously in the state of Arizona. If you are stopped and arrested for a DUI offense within seven years of a prior offense, or if your license has already been revoked or suspended, then the DUI will be charged as a felony. The charge will be considered a second offense Aggravated DUI if you have any prior felony and you are arrested on another DUI. The prior felony should not have happened 20 years ago, and it does not necessarily have to be a DUI felony.
A 2nd Offense Felony DUI in Arizona, or a second offense Aggravated DUI is considered a very serious offense in Arizona. Anyone charged with a second-offense Aggravated DUI in Arizona will face a “forever allegeable” charge, similar to the one faced in child molestation cases. Once convicted for a 2nd offense DUI, the conviction can be used against the person forever and it could be cited as a prior felony conviction if the person is charged with another felony.
Once convicted of a second-offense Aggravated DUI in the state of Arizona, the person can face anywhere from 2.5 years up to 7.5 years in prison. They will also lose their driver’s license for a period of at least 3 years. If they decide to regain their driver’s license after the 3-year suspension period, they will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device in their vehicle for 2 years. The cost of installation of the IID will amount from $2,000 to $2,400.
Your car insurance rates will also spike and you will be required to have an SR-22 insurance policy. The SR-22 policy costs $500 per year and has to be obtained for a period of at least 3 years. The auto insurance costs also increase annually by at least $3,000 per year, which amounts to a total of $9,000. You will also lose any professional license, a military job, or a gun license, if you have any. The offender will also lose their right to vote.
A summary of all the consequences faced after a 2nd Offense Felony Aggravated DUI conviction in Arizona is given below:
- An average prison sentence of 4 years, or anywhere between 2.5 years to 7.5 years
- Revocation of the driver’s license for at least 3 years
- Required installation of an Ignition Interlock Device for 2 years after regaining their driver’s license back
- The cost of installation of the IID amounts from $2,000 to $2,400
- The driver will be required to have an SR-22 insurance policy
- The SR-22 policy costs $500 per year and has to be obtained for a period of at least 3 years, which amounts to a total of $9,000
A Second-offense Aggravated DUI charge in Arizona is taken very seriously and requires the services of an experienced DUI defense attorney. A DUI defense attorney can have the charge reduced to a first-offense DUI instead, which carries lesser jail sentence and fewer penalties. The driver’s license of the individual will also be suspended for a shorter period of time.
If you or someone you know is facing a Second-offense Aggravated DUI in Arizona, call Attorney Brian Sloan at the Law Offices of Brian D. Sloan for a Free Initial Consultation at 480-900-0384 or 602-900-0384.