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Being convicted of a criminal vehicular offense in Arizona can have serious consequences, including jail or prison time. If you are charged with a vehicular offense, contact The Arizona Criminal Law Team right away. Our attorneys can begin preparing your defense today.
An automotive accident that results in serious injury or death can sometimes lead to serious criminal charges if prosecutors believe a drive involved acted recklessly, or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Vehicular offenses can also be brought against a driver even if no injury took place. Below, we’ll take a look at a few ways in which someone can be charged with a vehicular offense.
Endangerment (ARS 13-1201)
Many auto accident cases in Arizona will result in a felony charge of endangerment. This is defined under Arizona law as recklessly endangering another person and causing substantial risk of death or personal injury. A conviction could result in up to 3 years in prison.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident (ARS 28-661)
A person who knowingly leaves the scene of an accident involving injury or death without providing adequate assistance to the victim could end up being charged with felony hit-and-run. In serious cases, a conviction could carry a prison sentence of more than 12 years.
Vehicular Aggravated Assault (ARS 13-1204)
When a driver injures another person, that driver could face aggravated assault charges under Arizona law. This is a serious felony charge that could result in a prison sentence of 5 to 15 years.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DUI)
Anyone suspected of driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher can be charged with DUI in the state of Arizona. Even a first-time conviction will include jail time, fines, license suspension and the installation of an ignition interlock device. Repeat offenders and severely intoxicated drivers could face serious felony charges, including aggravated DUI.
If you are charged with any type of vehicular offense, get in touch with The Arizona Criminal Law Team as soon as possible. We will provide you with thorough and effective representation. Schedule your free consultation now.