Why I am I charged with Aggravated DUI?

by Aaron Black • March 02, 2014
 Aggravated DUI as a Class 4 Felony is charged in Arizona if you were:
  • Driving or in Actual Physical Control of a vehicle; and
  • Impaired by alcohol to the slightest degree or over a .08 BAC; and
  • You knew or had reason to know your license was suspended, revoked, candled or refused; or
  • You were ordered to have an ignition interlock in your vehicle; or
  • This is your third DUI within 84 months
Aggravated DUI is a class 4 felony in Arizona. If convicted it carries a mandatory minimum 4 months in prison. However, the presumptive sentence is 2.5 years. If you have one allegeable felony prior the sentence is 2.25 - 7.5 years. If you have 2 prior felonies, the sentence is 7.5 - 15 years.

There are many ways to beat an Aggravated DUI. Aaron Black recently did when the state could not prove his client was convicted of a Washington State DUI. Therefore, the state could not prove this was her third DUI in 84 months. Her case was dropped to a misdemeanor.

Aaron Black also proved in plea negotiations that substantial evidence existed to show his client did not know his license was suspended. Aaron Black subpoenaed a Phoenix Police officer to court to prove the point. The Aggravated DUI was reduced to an Endangerment Open. Aaron's client will be able to turn this charge into a misdemeanor!

Aaron Black is a Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney and one of the leading trial attorneys in Arizona. Aaron Black is recognized as a 2012 and 2013 Super Lawyer Rising Star in Criminal Defense (Top 2.5% of lawyers under 40 in Arizona and New Mexico). He is rated 10/10 on AVVO.com, and is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Lawyer (the highest level of professional excellence).

About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
 
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