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Of course, no one ever expects to be charged with a DUI, and certainly no one wants to go through the hell of having to fight a DUI charge. This is particularly true of drivers in Arizona, which is known as one of the toughest states in the United States when it comes to cracking down on drunk drivers. For residents of communities throughout the state, including Scottsdale, felony DUI charges can bring frightening consequences. Even misdemeanor DUI charges in Arizona can bring penalties worse than some felony crimes.
This is why it is essential to have an experienced, skilled DUI lawyer in your corner if you are facing misdemeanor or felony DUI charges. Hiring such a lawyer can be the difference between your freedom and a life of severe hardship. Mark N. Weingart has devoted his career to preserving the rights of those charged with DUI offenses. He can help you achieve the best results possible considering your circumstances – indeed, he has helped numerous clients have their charges dismissed altogether.
Read on to learn about the differences between misdemeanor and felony DUI charges in Arizona. The more you know about the law and your rights and options, the better you will understand your DUI defense strategy.
In general, Arizona considers the first or second DUI offense a misdemeanor, although this does not mean that those convicted of the charge will be let off lightly. The severity of the punishment depends largely on whether the driver is being charged with DUI (blood alcohol content below .15), extreme DUI (blood alcohol content of between .15 and .199), or super extreme DUI (blood alcohol content of .2 or above). Even if a super extreme DUI is treated as a misdemeanor (and there’s no guarantee that that will be the case), the penalties can outweigh those of many felony crimes.
At the very least, those convicted of misdemeanor DUI charges will face:
As one might expect considering the state’s stance on drunk driving, felony DUI convictions carry even harsher penalties than many other felonious crimes. Felony DUI charges are brought when drivers operate their vehicles under the influence while:
Penalties for felony DUI convictions include, at the very least:
To learn more about misdemeanor and felony DUI charges in Arizona and how DUI attorney Mark N. Weingart can fight for your rights, please contact the The Weingart Firm today.