Penalties for a first DUI conviction can be extremely difficult to deal with; however, if you are being charged with a second or third DUI, then you could face even harsher penalties. While nearly all DUI crimes are charged as class 1 misdemeanors, if you’re charged with a third DUI within a seven-year period of the first, then you will be charged with aggravated DUI, which is a felony.
Regardless of whether you are facing charges for simple DUI (blood alcohol content between .08 percent and .14 percent), extreme DUI (BAC between .15 percent and .19 percent), or super extreme DUI (BAC at .20 percent or higher), you will face harsh penalties with a second offense.
Call Rosenstein Law Group at (480) 456-6400 to discuss your case with an experienced DUI defense attorney.
Given the higher stakes involved in multiple DUI cases, individuals charged with a second, third, or subsequent DUI need effective and aggressive legal representation in order to protect their freedom and future. At Rosenstein Law Group, our firm’s founding lawyer — attorney Craig J. Rosenstein — is Board-Certified in DUI Defense by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD).
Board certification is one of the most prestigious legal recognitions in the industry. The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) is the only organization authorized by the American Bar Association to accredit this level of certification. Attorney Rosenstein is the only DUI lawyer in Maricopa County and only one of three certified attorneys in Arizona who are Board-Certified in DUI Defense. When you come to our firm, you will be working with attorneys at the top of their field.
As harsh as the penalties are for DUI conviction in Arizona are, the intensity of the sentence increases with every repeated DUI offense. Depending on the BAC, repeated DUI convictions carry sentences with a minimum of 90 days in jail up to two and a half years in jail in addition to a number of added sanctions.
If you are arrested and convicted a second time for DUI within five years of your first conviction, you license will be revoked for a minimum of one year. Revocation, as opposed to suspension, means that your license will not be automatically reinstated after the determined period of time. Rather, once your revocation is complete, you will need to reapply for a license and pass the test to receive it. Recently, Arizona instated a new requirement of interlock devices to be installed in the vehicles of all repeat offenders of DUI, which may remain in the vehicle for at least one year after the license is active again. The minimum jail sentence for a repeated conviction within five years is between one and six months and probation of five years max.
If you are convicted of extreme DUI within five years of a previous DUI or extreme DUI conviction, the minimum jail sentence is four months with a maximum of six months in addition to all other sanctions associated with extreme DUI. Like a second offense of DUI, extreme DUI with a one prior DUI conviction also requires the installation of interlock ignition device, which requires the driver of the vehicle to breath into the device before the car is able to start.
If you are arrested and convicted of more than two DUI offenses within the span of five years, your offense will be processed as aggravated DUI, which is considered a class 4 felony in the state of Arizona. Some examples of the penalties associated with aggravated DUI include probation of at least four years after the completion of a minimum of four months spent in prison. Fines associated with aggravated DUI can also be especially harsh.
If you are facing charges of a second or subsequent DUI, then it is vitally important that you retain skillful legal representation of your case. A prosecuting attorney will work to see that you receive the maximum possible sentence in order to rob you of your freedom; our firm will work to aggressively combat the evidence that is brought in your case to reduce the sentence imposed on you if we are unable to have the charges dropped altogether.
Contact the Rosenstein Law Group today if you are searching for a Phoenix lawyer for your DUI charges.
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