In 2021 Child Passengers May Mean Aggravated DUI in Arizona

In 2021 Arizona’s tough DUI laws are designed to make motorists think twice before getting behind-the-wheel if they have had too much to drink. The penalties for a DUI conviction can have a long-lasting effect, making it difficult to move past the initial punishments. If the matter becomes a high-profile case, it can be a challenge to present a strong defense to the charges.

Recently, an Arizona man was arrested after leading officers on a chase. Officers spotted the man driving on Interstate 10 in Phoenix, and when they attempted to make a traffic stop, the man fled into a residential area, and the chase was stopped.

When police later found the man, he was with his children and claimed he was not driving the vehicle. Police questioned one of the children, who said the man had been driving the vehicle. The child also showed officers open intoxicants in the vehicle.

The man was arrested for DUI, and was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .119. He also stated that he had used an unidentified prescription painkiller, which may have affected his ability to operate a motor vehicle. The man was charged with aggravated DUI, for driving under the influence without a valid license, and also due to the presence of his children in the vehicle.

Arizona, like many other states, allows for aggravated DUI charges if minors are passengers in the vehicle. An aggravated DUI charge means that an individual may be facing more potential penalties, such as increased jail time or fines.

Those who have been charged with DUI need to know that prosecutors will be aggressive with these cases. Simply pleading guilty will not make the matter go away. It is important to consider all options and make the best decision for your situation.

Source: “PD: Impaired father flees police with 4 kids in car” Matt Longdon, June 8, 2012.

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