Being accused of driving under the influence is a situation no driver in Arizona wants to be in. After all, even a sober person might have trouble performing a field sobriety test. Or, there may have been a good reason for a person to driver erratically, for example, to avoid hitting an animal or running over debris on the road. Unfortunately, it is entirely possible for a person to be wrongfully accused of DUI. DUI charges can lead to significant penalties, so it is important that anyone accused of this crime develop a solid defense strategy.
A previous post on this blog discussed the penalties associated with a DUI and extreme DUI. Another type of DUI charge a person could face is an aggravated DUI. A person could be charged with aggravated DUI if they have committed a DUI and there was a youth under 15 in the car, if it is a person’s third DUI in seven years, or if the person refused to take a breath test or blood test as required through an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.
If a person is convicted of an aggravated DUI charge, they could face up to two years in prison and a one-year driver’s license revocation. They may also be required to attend an alcohol education or treatment program. In addition, they will have an ignition interlock device installed in their car. Finally, a person convicted of an aggravated DUI charge may be required to perform community service.
As this shows, being convicted of aggravated DUI can have a serious impact on one’s life. A person may find that after their jail sentence is complete, their life is no longer the same as it had been prior to their conviction. Having been in prison means a person can no longer work, which could lead to a job loss.
In addition, having one’s driver’s license revoked can make it difficult to get to work, which could also lead to a job loss. And, a person convicted of aggravated DUI might have a hard time finding a new job or apartment if a potential employer or landlord runs a background check. For all these reasons, it is important that a person accused of aggravated DUI develop a defense strategy that aims to reduce the charges or have the charges dropped entirely.