A Genuine, Personable, and Aggressive Advocate Standing by You
Multiple DUI charges may feel stressful, worrisome, and foreboding. However, our firm will be the crutch you need in your time of legal uncertainty. Attorney Navarro works one-on-one with clients and will be available at any moment throughout your case; if you are facing an emergency related to your case, you can text him directly and immediately. We aim to provide clients with dedicated, relentless, and aggressive advocacy, including skilled negotiation with the prosecution. You can trust that we will attempt as many possible avenues of defense as possible for you, and all the while you will be working with a personable and committed lawyer who genuinely cares about you.
Contact Navarro Law for Your Defense
If you have been charged again for a DUI in Gilbert, Arizona, do not worry; Navarro Law has significant experience handling multiple DUIs and will do our best to negotiate as favorable a deal for you as possible. We understand the stress and anxiety of losing your driving privileges, especially if you are facing unfairly harsh accusations. We will do our best to fight for your defense and protect your rights as a driver.
Multiple Offenses as Misdemeanors or Felonies
Recall that it is illegal under Arizona law to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That is, it is prohibited to drive while impaired even to the slightest degree, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more (.04% for commercial drivers) within 2 hours of driving. First-time and second-time violations may be charged as Class 1 misdemeanors, while third offenses could rise to the Class 4 felony level.
Note that Arizona DUI law imposes stricter punishments for certain DUI offenses categorized as “aggravated” crimes. Several factors can contribute to an aggravated DUI, including if a person has been convicted of 2 prior DUIs within the past 7 years (whether charged/convicted in Arizona or out-of-state). In most cases, this is charged as a Class 4 felony.
Call us at (480) 300-3040 or contact Navarro Law online for a free consultation to learn more.
Criminal Penalties for Multiple Convictions
Arizona penalizes multiple DUIs depending on the severity of the case and the defendant’s criminal DUI record. For instance, a standard second-offense DUI is a Class 1 misdemeanor that could include the following penalties:
- at least 90 days in jail (30 days must be served consecutively), with possible reduction to 30 days upon completion of alcohol/drug screening and treatment;
- at least $2,000 in fines;
- 1-year license revocation;
- ignition interlock device (IID) use for at least 1 year;
- 30 hours of community service.
Second convictions for Extreme DUI could increase the penalties to at least 120 days in jail (60 to be served consecutively) and at least $3,250 in fines. Second convictions for Super Extreme DUI could further increase the penalties to at least 180 days in jail (90 to be served consecutively), at least $3,750 in fines, and IID use for 18 months.
A second or subsequent conviction for aggravated DUI is much more serious than a misdemeanor, however, and is charged as either a Class 4 or Class 6 felony punishable by:
- at least 8 months in prison;
- at least $4,000 in fines;
- 1-year license revocation;
- 24-month IID requirement; and
- possible vehicle forfeiture.
Similarly, third DUI convictions are charged as Class 4 felonies carrying at least 4 months in prison, at least $4,000 in fines, a 2-year IID requirement, and possible vehicle forfeiture. Convicted drivers cannot apply for reinstatement of their license until 1 year has elapsed since the date of conviction.
Multiple Test Refusals
Note that, like many states, Arizona implements an implied consent law that generally requires drivers to submit to a chemical test of their blood or breath. Drivers who refuse for a second or subsequent time could face at least 2 years of administrative suspension of their driver’s license. Keep in mind that the suspension will remain in effect even if the defendant’s case is later dismissed, and they must complete a drug/alcohol screening before seeking to reinstate their license.
Schedule a free initial consultation online or at (480) 300-3040 to discuss your defense options with Navarro Law.