A driver who is arrested on suspicion of driving with his or her BAC over the legal limit in Arizona can be subject to a wide range of consequences. A felony drunk driving or drugged driving conviction can result in steep financial penalties as well as jail time and even the use of an ignition interlock device. The exact consequences of drunk driving vary from situation to situation and one factor is any prior convictions.
A 35-year old woman in Mesa with a previous DUI conviction on record is today in jail with a $500,000 bond for her role in an accident that took the lives of two people. At this point, it is unknown if she was drunk or under the influence of another drug at the time of the accident but tests are being conducted to determine this. In addition to a prior DUI, the woman had also been arrested for disorderly conduct just days before the car crash. Concerns about her mental welfare contributed to her being put in the psychiatric ward of the jail.
News reports indicate that the defendant faces multiple charges that include reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and manslaughter. She is accused of hitting a Chevrolet Malibu from the rear while it was stopped for a red light. The two victims of the crash died immediately. The suspect was taken to the hospital but later released. No court dates were listed in the story detailing the incident.
A defendant that has prior criminal records may wish to engage the help of a private criminal defense attorney. Being able to get input from a professional is one way to make the justice process less complicated.
Source: AZFamily.com, "Woman arrested for deadly crash has prior DUI," Amanda Goodman, June 17, 2014