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Phoenix Vehicular Crimes Attorney

Phoenix Vehicular Crimes Attorney

In Arizona, vehicular crimes have significant penalties and, if convicted, will have a severe impact on your future. The most common types of vehicular crimes in Arizona are: Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Vehicular Endangerment, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Flight, Failure to Stop, and Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and/or Drugs.

Each of these crimes carry severe penalties, including incarceration. If charged with any vehicular crime in Arizona, it is vital you obtain an experienced defense attorney.

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Types of Vehicular Crimes in Arizona  We Handle

Our experienced vehicular crimes lawyers represent clients who have been charged in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, and throughout the entire State of Arizona. The most common types of vehicular crimes cases we see include:

Hit -and-Run. A.R.S. §28-661 and §28-662.

A hit and run in Arizona is charged as Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Leaving the Scene of an Accident occurs when a person involved in an accident fails to immediately stop at the scene of the accident, exchange information with the other party involved, and wait for law enforcement to arrive. If convicted, the penalties for Leaving the Scene of Accident can range from those of a class one misdemeanor to a class 2 felony. You will be charged with a felony only if you cause serious injury or death as a result of the accident.

Unlawful Flight From Police. A.R.S. §26-622.01.

In Arizona, Unlawful Flight From Police is a class 5 felony. One commits Unlawful Flight from Police when they are driving a vehicle and flee an appropriately marked law enforcement vehicle.

Failure to Comply With Police. A.R.S. §28-662.

Failure to Comply with a Police Officer (A.R.S. 28-662) is a class two misdemeanor. One commits Failure to Comply with Police when they fail to comply with a lawful order of a police officer.

Vehicular Endangerment. A.R.S. §13-1202.

Vehicular Endangerment is defined very broadly and can be easily “tacked on” when someone is charged with another vehicular crime. One commits Vehicular Endangerment when they recklessly endanger another with a risk of imminent death or physical injury. If convicted, the penalties range from those for a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony.

Vehicular Aggravated Assault. A.R.S. §13-1204.

If charged with Vehicular Aggravated Assault you will be facing a class 2 or class 3 felony. This charge may also be prosecuted as “dangerous”, which would add additional penalties. In Arizona, there is no specific Aggravated Assault statute for an assault caused by a motor vehicle. However, a vehicle is a deadly weapon, therefore, falling within the general Aggravated Assault statute.

In Arizona, one commits Vehicular Aggravated Assault if they cause, or place someone in imminent fear of, serious injury or substantial disfigurement of any body part while using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument (i.e. a vehicle).

Vehicular Manslaughter. A.R.S. §13-1103.

Vehicular manslaughter is class 2 felony. This charge will likely be prosecuted as a “dangerous offense”.

One commits vehicular manslaughter if they recklessly cause the death of another person while driving a vehicle. “Reckless” in Arizona is defined as when someone is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk whereas a reasonable person in the same situation would not have disregarded the risk. It is important to note that one does not have to intentionally cause the death of another to be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Vehicular Negligent Homicide A.R.S. §13-1102

Vehicular negligent homicide as a class 4 felony. One commits negligent homicide if they, with criminal negligence, cause the death of another person. Someone is criminally negligent if they fail to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk and a reasonable person in the same situation would have perceived that risk.

Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and/or Drugs A.R.S. §28-1383

If charged with Aggravated Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of Liquor and/or Drugs, you will be facing a class 4 or class 6 felony. You can be charged with Aggravated DUI if you are operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and if: your driver’s license is suspended or revoked due to a previous DUI conviction, you have been convicted of two prior DUIs within the last seven years, you are stopped while driving the wrong way on the road, you do not have an ignition interlock installed in your vehicle and are required to due to a past DUI, or if there is a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle.

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Contact Trusted Gilbert Lawyers for Vehicular Crimes

If you are charged with any crime involving a vehicle, contact the experienced vehicular crimes attorneys at the Law Offices of Brandon White! Did you know that not only is our Firm founded by Attorney Brandon White, a former State Police Officer, but all of our criminal defense attorneys are former Prosecutors who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area of law. This unique background allows our attorneys to know what type of evidence the State looks for when prosecuting these types of charges.

Penalties for Phoenix Vehicular Crimes in Arizona.

Depending on the charge stemming from a motor vehicle crime, you may be facing a felony or misdemeanor charge under Arizona law.

Both misdemeanors and felonies carry serious consequences, including imprisonment. The underlying charged may be enhanced If the charge qualifies as a “dangerous offense”, as defined by A.R.S. §13-105(13). An offense will qualify as a dangerous offense if it involves the discharge or use of a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, or the international or knowing infliction of serious injury. Penalties may be further increased if you have any prior felony convictions and if any of those prior convictions were “dangerous offenses”.

Petty Offenses and Misdemeanors 

The least severe type of crime is classified as a petty offense. These types of crimes do not have any jail time or term of probation term. However, these charges do carry a fine of up to $300.

The lowest class of misdemeanor is a class three misdemeanor. The potential penalties for this type of misdemeanor are: thirty days jail, $500 fine, and one year of probation.

A class two misdemeanor carries more serious consequences than a class three, including an increase in jail time. If convicted of Failure to Comply with Police, this is the class of misdemeanor you will be facing. The potential penalties for this type of misdemeanor are: four months jail, $750 fine, and two years probation.

A class one misdemeanor is the most serious classification of misdemeanor. If charged with misdemeanor Leaving the Scene of an Accident or Vehicular Endangerment, this will be the class of misdemeanor you are facing. The potential penalties for this type of misdemeanor are: six months jail, $2,500 fine, and three years of probation.

Felonies

A class six felony is the lowest classification of felony. However, the real-life consequences of having a felony conviction are not mitigated by the class of felony and will still impact you for the rest of your life. Felony vehicle endangerment and Aggravated DUI due to having a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle are class six felonies. The potential penalties for a class six felony are: one and a half years in the department of corrections, three years probation, and a $150,000 fine.

If charged with Unlawful Flight from Police, you will be facing a class five felony. The potential penalties for this class of felony are: two years in the department of corrections, three years probation, and a $150,000 fine.

If charged with Vehicular Negligent Homicide or Aggravated DUI by means of other than having a child under 15 in the vehicle, you are facing a class four felony. The potential penalties for this type of felony are: three years in the department of corrections, four years probation, and a $150,000 fine. It is also possible that enhanced penalties for a “dangerous offense” are imposed.

If charged with Vehicular Aggravated Assault, you will likely be facing a class three felony if the victim is not a police officer. The potential penalties for a class three felony are: seven years in the department of corrections, five years probation, and $150,000 fine. Given the nature of the charge, it is likely that the prosecution will enhance the penalties by categorizing the charge as a “dangerous offense”.

If you are charged with Vehicular Aggravated Assault, where the victim is a Police Officer, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, or Vehicular Manslaughter, you will be facing a class two felony. The potential penalties for this type of penalty are very serious: 10 years in the department of corrections, seven years probation, and $150,000 fine. Given the nature of these charges, it is likely the prosecution will enhance the sentence by categorizing it as a “dangerous offense”.

A class one felony is the most severe type of felony. In Arizona, only first and second-degree murder are class one felonies.

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The experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Brandon White pledge to give you  individualized attention and provide you with the zealous representation you need. Our top-rated firm has the knowledge and experience in vehicle crimes cases required to vigorously defend you from all pending charges.

Why are the Law Offices of Brandon White the right choice for you?

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Decades of experience in criminal law.

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All of our attorneys are former Law Enforcement or State Prosecutors. We know what type of evidence the State looks for when charges are brought.

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Specialized and individualized attention to each case. We do not apply a “cookie cutter” approach. We look at all cases as one of a kind and will develop a strategy and defense specific to your case.

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Our entire firm, not limited to just the attorneys, will guide you step by step throughout the entire court process. We will ensure that you understand where your case is and keep you updated of any changes.

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