“If you retain legal representation early enough, your attorney may be able to keep your Misdemeanor charges from being elevated to a Felony. In some cases, your attorney can help to prevent criminal charges from being brought at all.”
Arrested for DUI or other Crime in Chandler AZ
If you were arrested for a DUI or criminal charges in Chandler, and you are not sure if they are misdemeanor or felony charges, you should contact a criminal defense attorney. You can discuss the events that have taken place; documents received; and your concerns. They will be able to provide you with insight concerning your charges and potential defense options.
Felony vs. Misdemeanor Charges in AZ – Differences
The biggest difference between felonies and misdemeanors in Arizona are the nature and severity of the crime; and the nature and severity of the sentencing and penalties. Below are some additional facts:
- Felony convictions in Arizona can carry prison sentences of 12 months or more. They carry exorbitant fines, fees, court or prison costs and assessments; restitution to victims; and felon criminal records. Some examples of felony crimes would include such offenses as Aggravated DUI; burglary; armed robbery; violent crimes; dangerous crimes; illegal drug sales; and other serious charges. Often times, felonies involve crimes against victims. Victim crimes are sentenced very harshly in Arizona. Convictions for violent and serious crimes against victims will result in long term prison sentences of 25 years or more. In Arizona the death penalty is reserved for the most serious of crimes, homicide, if convicted.
- Misdemeanors generally carry jail sentences of a maximum of 1 year or less in jail. In Arizona, currently, no misdemeanor charges carry prison sentences. However, they can include jail terms;, probation; substance abuse counseling or treatment; ignition interlock device on your vehicle; fines; fees; probation, and other penalties the court deems necessary. Although all DUI and certain criminal offenses are deemed serious, they generally have lower penalties than felonies. Just of few examples misdemeanor charges would be non-aggravated DUI, Marijuana possession, or drug paraphernalia possession.
Chandler DUI Lawyer – Misdemeanor and Felony Charges
If you retain legal representation early enough, your attorney may be able to keep your Misdemeanor charges from being elevated to a Felony. In some cases, your attorney can help to prevent criminal charges from being brought at all.
But whether you choose to retain a lawyer or not, you should never ignore Chandler DUI charges. If you fail to appear in court, a warrant may be issued under Arizona Criminal Code A.R.S. 13-2506 & A.R.S. 13-2507. It will only make your charges worse, and then impose additional charges. If you were arrested or face criminal charges of any kind, you should contact a DUI or criminal lawyer who defends charges in Chandler AZ. If retained, they will help you resolve your matter; provide a defense; protect your rights; and get the best possible outcome in your case.
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