Aggravated DUI is a very serious charge and carries harsh mandatory sentencing, if convicted. If you are charged with aggravated DUI, representation by a knowledgeable and experienced DUI attorney is imperative to ensure your rights are protected, evidence is challenged, and an aggressive defense is launched on your behalf. Mr. Buckallew is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer with nearly 20 years’ experience in litigating all types of DUI cases, including Aggravated DUI. If you are convicted, you can face up to 3.75 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, a 3-year license revocation and a fine of up to $150,000 plus an 84% surcharge. The minimum penalty in this type of DUI case is 4 months in the Arizona Department of Corrections, up to 10 years’ probation, a 3-year license revocation and other fines and fees. You will also be required to use an ignition interlock device. As with any DUI charge, penalties become harsher for subsequent offenses.
There are certain factors in DUI cases that can lead to charges being classified as a felony aggravated DUI instead of a misdemeanor DUI, including the following circumstances:
- While driving on a suspended, cancelled or revoked license
- While a child under 15 years of age is in the vehicle
- If the DUI/DWI/OUI is your third (in any state) in a period of 7 years
Such a serious charge requires an aggressive defense and Mr. Buckallew’s extensive experience in resolving complex criminal cases will be critical in launching a strong legal defense in your case. He will conduct a thorough investigation of your case, identify any factual, procedural or legal weaknesses in the case, and prepare an aggressive defense on your behalf. He is experienced in the art of pre-trial negotiation with the government, may also utilize settlement conferences when appropriate, and will take a case to bench or jury trial if necessary in order to achieve the best possible resolution to your case. His proven record of success with bench and jury trials alike have earned him a solid reputation in the legal community and he takes pride in consistently providing a skilled and aggressive defense in the pursuit of justice. Mr. Buckallew personally handles each and every case from start to finish to ensure consistency and continuity with each client.Defending Against Charges of Aggravated DUI in Tempe
In any criminal or DUI case, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an alleged crime occurred, and an experienced DUI attorney will challenge the State's case by identifying weaknesses in the case, challenging the physical and scientific evidence in the case, and preparing a strong defense on the client's behalf. Forensic evidence, arrest procedures, police reports and statements, witness statements, and field sobriety test results are all areas for a defense attorney to identify deficiencies and challenge the validity of evidence and procedures. Legal representation from an experienced DUI defense attorney is essential during arraignment and all other court proceedings.
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