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Consequences of Aggravated DUI in Arizona

This is a discussion of the consequences and penalties for a class 4 Aggravated DUI in Arizona. (see What is Aggravated DUI? in this blog)

For consequences and penalties for a class 6 Aggravated DUI (seeConsequences of DUI with Kids in the Car in this blog)

There are many serious consequences for an Aggravated DUI conviction in Arizona. What are the consequences of Aggravated DUI? If you are convicted of Aggravated DUI, a class 4 felony your penalties may include:

Felony Conviction (see Consequences of a Felony Conviction in this blog)

Felony Probation In sentencing the judge can elect whether to impose a prison sentence or place you on probation. You may receive up to 10 years of supervised probation. If the judge imposes probation, you are required to serve a minimum of four (4) months in prison as a term of that probation mandated by Arizona law.

Mandatory Prison For a first offense, the maximum penalty is 3.75 years in prison. The minimum prison sentence a judge can impose if you are convicted of Aggravated DUI is four (4) months in prison. That is four (4) months in the Department of Corrections with no work release or work furlough.

Mandatory Fines The mandatory fines and assessments can be distressing. Fines can be imposed up to $150,000.00, but usually you should expect several thousand.

Vehicle Forfeiture The State of Arizona can take your vehicle.

License Revocation Your license and privilege to drive will be revoked for a minimum of 3 years. This means you will not be able to drive at all for 3 years. You are not eligible to apply for any type of license for three years.

Interlock Device After you endure a minimum of three (3) years of your driver's license being revoked, and are able to re-instate your driver's license, you will still be required to install an interlock device on any vehicle you drive, sometimes for years to come.

Insurance After you endure the revocation, and are required to install an interlock device, you still may face great challenges in obtaining auto insurance.

Mandatory Classes You will be required to attend and complete alcohol or other drug screening, education or treatment from an approved facility.

Community Service You may be required to perform community service hours as part of the terms of probation.

Forever Prior Many felony convictions cannot be used to enhance future sentences after a specified period of time, this is not so with an Aggravated DUI conviction. There is not limitation placed on the amount of time the State may use a conviction for Aggravated DUI to enhance a future sentence.

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