In early June, 55-year-old William Dean Grussing of Billings, MT was arrested in a Sam’s Club parking lot for his 14th DUI. Grussing was freed after posting a $25,000 bond for his 13th DUI in June 2011; his current bond is set at $200,000.
If your driver’s license or privilege is revoked, cancelled, or suspended and you are arrested for a DUI or an extreme DUI, you will be charged with an aggravated DUI and will likely receive a Class 4 felony charge. Such a felony comes with a minimum 4 month sentence in the Department of Corrections followed by mandatory probation. If you have a prior felony conviction, the length of the prison sentence increases, reaching up to 15 years.
In Mr. Grussing’s case, he would have to have been convicted of at least two prior felonies in connection to his 13 DUI arrests, and will likely be facing a lengthy prison sentence and hefty fines for his 14th. DUI felony offenses are punished severely in Arizona and will have detrimental effects on your career, education, and employment opportunities, and will result in increased automobile insurance rates.
Are you facing a felony DUI conviction in Arizona? In order to avoid the devastating punishments that come with such a charge, you will need a skilled Phoenix DUI attorney with experience handling felony DUI cases to fight for your rights in court.