An Aggravated DUI (driving under the influence) is charged as a felony in Arizona if it is your third such offense within seven years, or your license has already been revoked or suspended at the time you were stopped for DUI. A second offense Aggravated DUI occurs if you are picked up on a drunk driving charge and you have any prior felony. It does not have to be a DUI felony and it could have happened 20 years ago.
Watch this short video where David Cantor explains the punishment for a 2nd Offense Felony DUI in Arizona:
A second offense Aggravated DUI is a very serious offense in Arizona. Like child molestation, such a charge is “forever allegeable.” That means a conviction for aggravated DUI can be forever used against you and could be cited as “prior felony conviction” if you are once again charged with any felony.
A conviction of second offense Aggravated DUI in the State of Arizona can mean: 2.5 to 7.5 years in PRISON. You will lose your driver’s license for at least 3 years. In addition, if you decide to regain your license after three-year suspension, you must install an ignition interlock device for a two-year span at a cost of $2,000 – $2,400 to you. This device hooks onto the steering wheel, and you must blow into it in order to start your car. You also have to blow into it every 15 minutes to keep the car running. Every 90 days, you are required to take your car to have the interlock device tested to determine if you have been drinking and driving during that period.
Your car insurance provider will require an SR-22 policy in order to insure you, and that will cost $500 per year for a total of $1,500 over 3 years. Your auto insurance costs after an Aggravated DUI will increase at least $3,000 per year (for 3 years) for a total increase of $9,000. In addition, if you have a professional license, a gun license, or military job, you will lose it. You will even lose the right to vote.
Let’s review the consequences of a conviction for a 2nd Offense Felony Aggravated DUI in Arizona:
- 2.25 to 7.5 years in PRISON, 4 years in Prison is the average sentence
- Driver’s License Revocation 3 years
- Interlock Ignition Device: $2,400
- SR-22 Insurance Policy $500 per year for 3 years: $1,500
- Car Insurance Policy increase $3,000 per year for 3 years: $9,000
An Aggravated DUI is a very serious charge in the State of Arizona. If you or a loved one is facing these charges, give us a call at (602) 307-0808. We may be able to reduce the charge to a first offense DUI, which means less jail time, shorter loss of license, and fewer penalty costs. View our DUI Case victories to see a sampling of the results we’ve gotten for our clients. Call or email us for a free evaluation of your case today.
Click one of the following links for more information on different DUI charges: First Offense Aggravated DUI, First Offense Super Extreme DUI, Second Offense Super Extreme DUI, First Offense Misdemeanor DUI, Second Offense Misdemeanor DUI, Third Offense DUI.