The state of Arizona has some of the strictest driving under the influence (DUI) penalties in the nation. If you were driving with a suspended license at the time of your arrest, you could be in even more trouble. Typical DUI charges are a class one misdemeanor, which is the most serious misdemeanor charge. This can be elevated to a class four felony if your license was suspended.
Consequences of a Felony DUI
If you are convicted of a felony DUI, it comes with mandatory prison time, fines, and surcharges. There will also be long-lasting impacts on your life overall. If you hold a professional license such as a teacher or accountant, it can be suspended or revoked by the licensing organization, which can end your career. You also will be placed on supervised probation, and your conviction will show up in employment and background checks.
Common ways to get your license suspended:
- Aggressive and/or reckless driving
- Refusal to take tests such as breath, urine, or blood during a DUI stop
- No insurance
- Leaving the scene of a crash that has resulted in death or serious injury
- Ignoring or failing to pay a traffic ticket
- Failing to appear during a court appointment
- Using a false ID
- Delinquent child support
- Excessive moving violations
- If convicted of a DUI, your license can be suspended for up to one year
What To Do If You Are Facing Felony Charges
If you find yourself facing felony charges for driving under the influence with a suspended license, then you need fast, experienced help. These charges come with strict filing deadlines that a qualified DUI attorney will know how to manage. Missing these deadlines can severely impact your DUI case, your freedom, and your privilege to drive.
Our team will explore all options in your DUI and suspended license case. We will determine if you knew your license was suspended because in some cases, the motor vehicle department may have failed to properly notify you of your revoked/cancelled status. A suspended license charge requires proof that you knowingly drove on a suspended license. If you were unaware of the suspension, a criminal defense lawyer can present evidence to the court to demonstrate this fact.
We will also closely scrutinize and look for errors in the state’s evidence, such as if the arresting officer failed to properly advise you of your Miranda rights and if they illegally obtained statements, or if there were any right to counsel violations. We will help establish if the officer had probable cause to stop you and we may also challenge breathalyzer, blood, and other field sobriety tests if these were suspect.
If you are facing charges for DUI while driving with a suspended license, contact us today for a free consultation.