Felony DUI Attorneys
Schill Law Group has a dedicated team of felony DUI defense lawyers who will work with you to ensure that the best possible result is achieved. Our DUI attorneys only handle DUI and crimnal law cases exclusively, and have decades of experience in these cases throughout the state. We have an unwavering committment to our clients and are dedicated to uncovering all of the facts to build an aggressive defense to protect your rights and freedom.
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If you are facing felony DUI charges in Arizona, your freedom is on the line, and one of the most important decisions you can make is hiring the right attorney to defend you.
At Schill Law Group our attorneys have decades of expereince successfully defending felony DUI charges in courts throughout Arizona and can help you today. As former prosecutors we understand the judicial system and work to uncover all of the evidence to provide the best possible defense. Call now for a free consultation to review your case and legal options with one of our experienced and trusted DUI defense lawyers.
Felony DUI Attorneys
• DUI while under license suspension for a previous DUI (class 4 felony)
• Third DUI within 84 months (class 4 felony)
• DUI in violation of an ignition interlock requirement (class 4 felony)
• DUI while a minor under 15 is in the vehicle (class 6 felony)
In addition, if there was an accident involving serious injuries or fatalities, the driver may face additional felony charges such as assault or manslaughter. One of the most common charges is endangerment.
Endangerment is defined as recklessly endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury. If there was a substantial risk of death, endangerment is a class 6 felony. Otherwise, it is a class 1 misdemeanor. Because many DUI accidents involve fatalities, prosecutors will allege felony endangerment in almost every DUI case.
During plea bargaining, a plea to felony endangerment is often offered in exchange for dropping a felony DUI charge. This can make sense for the defendant in two scenarios. The first is when a class 4 felony DUI was charged. A class 4 felony carries a presumptive prison sentence of 2.5 years with a minimum sentence of 1.5 years and a maximum sentence of 3 years. A class 6 felony carries a presumptive prison sentence of 1 year with a minimum sentence of 1/2 year and a maximum sentence of 1.5 years. In addition, the judge has the discretion to treat a class 6 felony as a misdemeanor for sentencing purposes and may impose a fine or probation in place of incarceration. If the judge orders incarceration, you may be allowed to serve your sentence only at night and on weekends while being allowed to leave during the day to work. Accordingly, a plea bargain to endangerment may substantially reduce the risk of a prison sentence.
A second scenario where a plea to endangerment may make sense is when you specifically wish to avoid a DUI conviction. This is often the case where a DUI conviction will disqualify you from your current or planned employment. However, you should carefully explore whether a conviction of endangerment related to DUI would also be considered disqualifying if the underlying circumstances were revealed in a background check.
Felonies have life changing consequences and you shouldn’t proceed without a full understanding of how your specific life circumstances will be impacted by a felony charge.
If you or a loved one is under investigation or facing a felony DUI or DUI-related charge, contact us immediately. DUI charges are serious, especially in Arizona, so don’t face them alone. The Schill Law Group is here to help you weigh your possible options through plea bargaining or taking your case to trial. Call us today at (480) 637-0314 to speak with an experienced felony DUI defense attorney.
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