How Badly an Aggravated DUI Could Toll Your Life?

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“If you drink like a fish, don’t drive: swim.” Joe E Levis. When you drink and drive, you aren’t just hurting yourself; you’re hurting others as well. Every 52 minutes, one person dies as a result of a DUI, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Every year, more than 10,000 people die as a result of drunken driving, accounting for over a third of all traffic-related deaths. The NHTSA says that more than 230 children were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the past year. Aggravated DUI is very dangerous than a standard DUI.

What is an Aggravated DUI? 

A DUI with specified aggravating influences that occur at the time of the arrest is known as an aggravated DUI. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can result in serious consequences, including mandatory jail time, license suspension, and fines. Even a first-time aggravated DUI offender faces the possibility of losing his driver’s license and having to pay more for vehicle insurance. However, there are also other aggravating circumstances that might increase the severity of criminal punishment. What makes a DUI aggravated? Aggravating elements can sometimes turn a misdemeanor DUI into a felony DUI. We will discuss the penalties at the end of the blog.

Charges of Aggravated Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be made more serious by aggravating factors. In the case of a DUI, aggravating factors could include:

Having been convicted of many DUI offenses in the past 

A driver may be charged with aggravated DUI if he commits the violation multiple times in a short period. In order to be charged with severe DUI, you must have three DUI convictions within eighty-four months.

Being under the age of 21 and driving while inebriated

If this describes you, it indicates you were driving a car while inebriated with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02 or above. Because underage drinking is already illegal, minors face stiff penalties. A minor person driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.16 or above can be charged with an aggravated DUI.

Having a high amount of alcohol in the blood

If you are discovered driving under the influence of alcohol, you will face harsh consequences. DUI rules are becoming increasingly strict, and anyone convicted of this offense would face serious consequences. The only thing worse than a DUI conviction on your record is an aggravated DUI. A DUI can be made into an aggravated DUI by committing several different charges. Having a high blood alcohol content is one of these violations (BAC).

When a police officer stops a driver on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, they will ask for a chemical test sample. A BAC of 0.08 percent or higher is considered over the limit in most states. If the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is substantially higher, they may face harsher penalties. The legal limit for a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) varies by state, but it is usually about 0.15 percent or 0.20 percent.

Refusing to have a chemical test performed 

Drivers who refuse to take the test will typically face a license suspension of up to 12 months, depending on the state. A person driving a car in New Mexico automatically consents to have their blood alcohol level tested in order to determine if they are driving while intoxicated, according to the state’s Implied Consent Law. If you refuse to take the test, you might be punished with aggravated DUI and have your driver’s license revoked for a year.

Driving while your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked

A police officer would examine your driver’s license and insurance during a traffic stop and DUI investigation. You could be prosecuted with an aggravated DUI if your license is revoked or suspended and you don’t have proof of insurance.

While first-time charges for driving with a suspended license are less serious than charges for second or subsequent offenses, any charge of this nature can result in hundreds of dollars in fines and possibly months in jail.

The severity of charges is also influenced by other circumstances. Commercial drivers driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while their license is suspended face harsher penalties. People occasionally do not realize their license has been suspended because they did not receive a DMV notice for some reason. You may only be charged with an infraction or a misdemeanor if you drive while your license is suspended inadvertently. 

Causing a serious crash that results in the injury or death of another person

Driving under the influence frequently results in a collision with another vehicle, resulting in injury or property damage. Most courts consider this aggravating circumstance to be the most serious of all. If you cause an injury or property damage while driving while inebriated, the judge or court that hears your case may charge you differently. You may also face a felony or misdemeanor penalty, depending on the severity of the damage or injuries.

Penalties for aggravated DUI change state by state. In Orange County, an additional five days in jail and a one-year license suspension are the possible penalties for the aggravating factor. Mandatory community service and further fines are the other penalties.

If you cause serious bodily harm, you will certainly face felony charges, with potentially more serious consequences. One of the penalties is a state prison sentence of up to sixteen months. In addition, the court may order you to compensate the victims for the property damage. You may also be ordered to pay fines to the court.

Presence of a child in the vehicle

Every state considers transporting a minor in a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to be a serious felony. Although all states apply harsher penalties for transporting a minor while intoxicated, they will differ in how they do so. For example, one state may define a minor as someone under the age of sixteen. A minor, according to one definition, is a youngster under the age of twelve.

Even if there are no youngsters in your vehicle and you were caught driving through a school zone, you may be charged with aggravated DUI in several states. It’s crucial to check your state’s specific rules regarding minors. In Connecticut, having a minor passenger doubles the minimum jail time for driving while intoxicated.

Let’s see what the O’Flaherty law firm says about an aggravated DUI.

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Limits 

A BAC of 0.08 percent or higher is illegal in every state in the United States. A person can be charged with aggravated DUI if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is significantly higher than the legal limit. The BAC of a motorist can be determined using one of three chemical tests: blood, breath, or urine.

A breath test is the most routinely used chemical test. You must blow into a small gadget known as a breathalyzer to perform a breath test. The device will measure the amount of alcohol in your breath once you blow into the mouthpiece. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is higher than the legal limit of 0.08 percent, you can expect to be arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

During a DUI investigation, a police officer can administer this type of chemical test. Even though breath tests might be unreliable for a variety of reasons, the findings of a person’s test can be used as evidence in court. Blood and urine chemistry tests must be performed by trained medical experts at a medical facility.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Driving while under the influence of drugs is a serious threat to public safety. In the United States, lowering the number of persons driving under the influence of drugs has been a long-term goal. Though driving while under the influence of drugs is illegal in all the states of the US, around 16% of vehicle accidents are caused by drugs.

The law for aggravated DUI is different in each state. Arizona has “per se” rules, according to which having any amount of illegal drugs in your system is criminal. Drugs, unlike alcohol, remain in your system for a long time after consumption. Blood and urine testing can detect trace levels of certain drugs weeks after they have been used. The following drugs are illegal to have in your system at any time and can result in an immediate DUI.

  • Heroin
  • Marijuana (if you don’t have a valid medical card)
  • Cocaine
  • LSD

Aggravated DUI Penalties

Do you know what is the punishment for aggravated DUI? DUI laws and penalties differ by jurisdiction, but one thing that all states agree on is that it is a serious criminal infraction. When a driver is found committing a second violation in addition to his DUI, the consequences for aggravated DUI are more severe, which are listed below.

  • Vehicle seizure
  • Mandatory alcohol education classes
  • Any bodily injury or property damage caused is subject to civil liability.
  • Having your driver’s license revoked
  • Mandatory jail time
  • Fees and fines
  • Increased vehicle insurance premiums or insurance coverage denial
  • Installing a vehicle’s ignition interlock device(IID)

Let’s see the different penalties given in various states for a DUI.

STATE TYPE FIRST TIME OFFENSE SECOND TIME OFFENSE SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES
Alabama DUI Up to $2,100 in fines, up to a year in jail, 90-day license suspension, and/or 90-day vehicle ignition interlock Up to $5,100 in fines, up to a year in jail, 45-day minimum license suspension, and two-year vehicle ignition interlock Up to $10,100 in fines, up to 10 years in jail, up to five-year license revocation, and a four-year vehicle ignition interlock
Alaska DUI $1,500 minimum fine, 72 hours in jail, and minimum 90-day license suspension 20-day imprisonment, minimum $3,000 fine, and license suspension for a minimum of one year 60-day imprisonment, minimum $4,000 fine, and license suspension for a minimum of three years
(within 15 years of the first DUI) (within 15 years of the second DUI)
Arizona DUI Minimum $1,250 fine and a minimum of 10 days in jail $3,000 base fine, minimum 90 days in jail, minimum one-year license suspension, and required vehicle ignition interlock Minimum $3,000 fine, 90 days in jail, one-year license suspension
Arkansas DUI, DWI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to a year in jail or community service, six-month license suspension and vehicle ignition interlock, and alcohol treatment Up to $3,000 in fines, up to a year in jail, two-year license suspension, and alcohol treatment and vehicle ignition interlock Up to $5,000 fine, minimum of 90 days in jail, alcohol treatment, and vehicle ignition interlock
California DUI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, six-month license suspension, and DUI school Up to $1,000 in fines, up to a year in jail, one-year license suspension, and DUI school or SB 38 Up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, two years of license suspension, and DUI school
Colorado DUI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, nine-month license suspension, community service, and DMV points Up to $1,500 in fines, up to one year in jail, one-year license suspension, community service, and DMV points Up to $1,500 in fines, up to one year in jail, two-year license suspension, community service, and DMV points
Connecticut DUI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in prison, 100 hours of community service, 45 days of license suspension, and one-year vehicle ignition interlock Up to $4,000 in fines; up to two years in prison, 100 days of community service, up to 45 days of license suspension, and a three-year vehicle ignition interlock Up to $8,000 in fines; up to three years in prison, and revoked license — eligible for reinstatement after two years
Delaware DUI $1,500 minimum fine, up to one year in jail, and up to two years of license suspension $2,500 minimum fine, minimum 18 months in jail, and up to 30 months license suspension $2,500 minimum fine, minimum 18 months in jail, and up to 30 months license suspension
District of Columbia DUI, DWI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to 180 days in jail, and up to six months of license suspension Up to $5,000 in fines, up to 180 days in jail, and up to one-year license suspension Up to $10,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, and up to two years of license suspension
Florida DUI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, and up to six months of license suspension Up to $2,000 in fines, up to nine months in jail, and up to one-year license suspension Minimum $2,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, one-year license suspension, and potential permanent license revocation
Georgia DUI Minimum $300 in fines, up to 10 days in jail, possible license suspension, community service Up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, one-year license suspension, 30 days of community service, and vehicle ignition interlock Up to $5,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, up to 10 years of license suspension, community service, and vehicle ignition interlock
Hawaii DUI, DWI Minimum $1,000 in fines, up to five days in jail, one-year license suspension, community service, rehab Minimum $3,000 in fines, up to 30 days in jail, three years license suspension, community service, rehab Minimum $5,000 in fines, minimum ten days in jail, up to five years license suspension, community service, rehab
Idaho DUI Minimum $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, three-month license suspension Minimum $2,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, one-year license suspension Up to $5,000 in fines, up to 10 years in jail, up to five years of license suspension
Illinois DUI Maximum $2,500 in fines, maximum one year in jail, one-year license suspension, community service Maximum $2,500 in fines, maximum one year in jail, five years license suspension, community service Maximum $25,000 in fines, maximum seven years in jail, ten years license suspension, community service
Indiana DUI Up to $5,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, and up to six months of license suspension Up to $10,000 in fines, up to three years in jail, and up to two years of license suspension Up to $10,000 in fines, up to three years in jail, and up to 10 years of license suspension
Iowa DUI, DWI, OWI Up to $1,250 in fines, up to one year in jail, and up to six months of license revocation Up to $6,250 in fines, up to two years in jail, up to one-year license revocation, and up to one-year vehicle ignition interlock Up to $9,375 in fines, up to five years in jail, up to six years of license revocation, and up to one-year vehicle ignition interlock
Kansas DUI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to two days in jail or 100 hours of community service, 30-day license suspension, and alcohol treatment Up to $1,500 in fines, up to one year in jail, one-year license suspension, one-year vehicle ignition interlock, and alcohol treatment Up to $2,500 in fines, up to one year in jail, one-year license suspension, one-year vehicle ignition interlock, and alcohol treatment
Kentucky DUI, DWI Up to $500 in fines, up to 30 days in jail, 120-day license suspension, community service, rehab Up to $500 in fines, up to six months in jail, 18-month license suspension, community service, rehab Up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, 36-month license suspension, community service, rehab
Louisiana DUI, DWI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, community service, rehab Up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, community service, rehab Up to $2,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, community service, rehab
Maine DUI, DWI Up to $500 in fines and up to 150 days of license suspension Up to $900 in fines, 12 days in jail, and up to three years of license suspension Up to $1,400 in fines, up to 40 days in jail, and up to six years of license suspension
Maryland DUI, DWI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, and up to six months of license suspension Up to $2,000 in fines, up to two years in jail, and up to one-year license suspension Up to $5,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, and up to one-year license suspension
Massachusetts DUI Up to $5,000 in fines, up to 2.5 years in jail, and up to a 90-day license suspension Up to $10,000 in fines, up to 2.5 years in jail, and up to two years of license suspension Up to $15,000 in fines, up to 2.5 years in jail, and up to eight years of license suspension
Michigan OWI, OWVI Up to $500 in fines, up to 93 days in jail, community service Up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, community service Up to $5,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, community service
Minnesota DUI Up to $3,000 in fines, up to one year in jail Up to $3,000 in fines, up to one year in jail Up to $14,000 in fines, up to seven years in jail for felony
Mississippi DUI, DWI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to two days in jail, up to one-year license suspension, and driver education Up to $1,500 in fines, up to six months in jail, and up to two years of license suspension, community service, rehab Up to $5,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, and up to five-year license suspension, community service
Missouri DUI, DWI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, up to a 30-day license suspension Up to $2,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to five years of license suspension Up to $10,000 in fines, up to four years in jail, up to 10 years of license suspension
Montana DUI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, up to six-month license suspension, rehab, driver education Up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to one-year license suspension, rehab, driver education Up to $5,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to one-year license suspension, rehab, driver education
Nebraska DUI, DWI Up to $500 in fines, up to 60 days in jail, and up to six months of license suspension Up to $500 in fines, up to 180 days in jail, and up to 18 months of license suspension Up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to 15 years of license suspension
Nevada DUI, DWI Up to $400 in fines, up to 180 days in jail, minimum 185-day license suspension Up to $750 in fines, up to 180 days in jail, one-year license suspension Up to $2,000 in fines, up to six years in jail, three years of license suspension
New Hampshire DUI, DWI Up to $1.200 in fines, minimum two years license suspension Up to $2,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, minimum of three years of license suspension Up to $2,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, lifetime license suspension
New Jersey DUI, DWI Up to $500 in fines, up to 30 days in jail, minimum of three months of license suspension, driver education, community service, and vehicle ignition interlock Up to $1,000 in fines, up to 90 days in jail, a minimum of two years of license suspension, driver education, community service, and vehicle ignition interlock Up to $1,000 in fines, up to 180 days in jail, minimum 10-year license suspension, driver education, community service, and vehicle ignition interlock
New Mexico DUI, DWI Up to $500 in fines, up to 90 days in jail, community service Up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, community service Up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, community service
New York DUI Up to $2,500 in fines, up to one year in jail, minimum one-year license suspension Up to $5,000 in fines, up to four years in jail, minimum 18-month license suspension Up to $10,000 in fines, up to seven years in jail, minimum 19-month license suspension
North Carolina DUI, DWI Level-based Level-based Level-based
North Dakota DUI, DWI Up to $750 in fines, up to two days in jail, minimum of three months license suspension, community service, rehab Up to $1,500 in fines, up to 10 days in jail, minimum one-year license suspension, community service, rehab Up to $2,000 in fines, up to 120 days in jail, minimum one-year license suspension, community service, rehab
Ohio DUI, DWI Up to $1,075 in fines, up to six months in jail, and up to three years of license suspension Up to $1,625 in fines, up to six months in jail, and up to seven years of license suspension Up to $2,750 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to 12 years of license suspension
Oklahoma DUI, DWI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to 180 days of license suspension Up to $2,500 in fines, up to five years in jail, up to one-year license suspension Up to $5,000 in fines, up to 10 years in jail, up to three years of license suspension
Oregon DUI, DWI Up to $6,250 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to one-year license suspension Up to $10,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to three years of license suspension Up to $125,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, up to permanent license suspension
Pennsylvania DUI Up to $5,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, up to one-year license suspension Up to $10,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, and up to 18 months of license suspension Up to $10,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, and up to 18 months of license suspension
Rhode Island DUI Over $1,200 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to one-year license suspension, community service, and rehab. Over $1,750 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to two years of license suspension, community service, and rehab. Over $5,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, up to three years of license suspension, community service, rehab
South Carolina DUI, DUAC Up to $1,000 in fines, up to 90 days in jail, six-month license suspension, vehicle ignition interlock for six months Up to $6,500 in fines, up to three years in jail, up to one-year license suspension, vehicle ignition interlock for two years Up to $10,000 in fines, up to five years in jail, up to four years of license suspension, vehicle ignition interlock for three years
South Dakota DUI, DWI Up to $2,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to one-year license suspension Up to $2,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, minimum one-year license suspension Up to $4,000 in fines, up to two years in jail, minimum one-year license suspension
Tennessee DUI Up to $1,500 in fines, up to seven days in jail, up to one-year license suspension Up to $3,500 in fines, up to nearly one year in jail, up to two years of license suspension Up to $10,000 in fines, up to nearly one year in jail, up to a 10-year license suspension
Texas DUI, DWI Up to $2,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, up to one-year license suspension Up to $4,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to two years of license suspension Up to $10,000 in fines, up to 10 years in jail, up to two years of license suspension
Utah DUI, DWI Up to $1,310 in fines, up to 180 days in jail, up to 120-day license suspension Up to $1,560 in fines, up to 10 days in jail, up to a two-year license suspension Up to $2,580 in fines, up to five years in jail, up to two years of license suspension
Vermont DUI, DWI Up to $750 in fines, up to two years in jail Up to $1,500 in fines, up to two years in jail Up to $2,500 in fines, up to five years in jail
Virginia DUI, DWI Up to $2,500 in fines, up to one year in jail, and one-year license suspension Up to $2,500 in fines, up to one year in jail, three years of license suspension Up to $2,500 in fines, up to 180 days in jail, indefinite license suspension
Washington DUI Up to $5,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to two years of license suspension, rehab Up to $5,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to three years of license suspension, rehab Up to $5,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to four years of license suspension, rehab
West Virginia DUI Up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, up to six months of license suspension Up to $3,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, 10-year license suspension, and a minimum of six months of vehicle ignition interlock Up to $5,000 in fines, a minimum of 30 days in jail, and license revocation
Wisconsin OWI Up to $300 in fines, nine months of license revocation Up to $1,100 in fines, up to six months in jail, and up to 18 months of license revocation Minimum of $600 in fines, at least one year in jail, and at least two years of license revocation
Wyoming DUI, DWI Up to $750 in fines, up to six months in jail, 90-day license suspension, and up to six months of vehicle ignition interlock Up to $750 in fines, up to six months in jail, one-year license suspension, and vehicle ignition interlock Up to $3,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, three-year license suspension, and two-year vehicle ignition interlock

Ignition Interlock Device: What Is It?

It is also called an in-car breathalyzer, car interlock, or blow and go. IID would be connected directly to your vehicle’s ignition system that prevents your vehicle from starting if your blood alcohol level exceeds a set legal limit. The driver must blow into the linked mouthpiece. This would quantify your Breath Alcohol Concentration. IID operates by interrupting the signal from the ignition to the starter of the vehicle until a valid breath sample is given by the driver. It never affects the safe operation of the vehicle in any way.

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Law for Aggravated DUI

A charge of aggravated DUI is a criminal offense. If a driver is convicted of aggravated DUI, the court must sentence him or her to at least ten days in jail or 480 hours of community service. However, most punishments involve at least 1-3 years in prison. An aggravated DUI conviction carries a higher punishment than a typical drive under the influence conviction.

A DUI accusation will be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony if aggravating conditions are present, which will almost always result in prison time if convicted. If you are determined to be driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, combined with one of the following circumstances, you may be charged with an aggravated DUI. Each state has its unique set of DUI regulations. In Arizona, the below DUI law is followed.

  1. When a court orders you to put an ignition interlock device on the vehicle you drove, it is a Class 4 felony.
  2. Driving when your license was suspended, revoked, or restricted is a Class 4 felony.
  3. If it is your agg DUI 3 in the last seven years, it falls under Class 4 felony.
  4. A youngster under the age of 15 was found in the vehicle, which is a class 6 felony.

Effects of Aggravated DUI Conviction

Aggravated DUI Class 4 Felony comes in a variety of forms. When a person gets a typical DUI while their driver’s license is suspended, revoked, or canceled, they are charged with Aggravated DUI in Arizona. The maximum penalty for aggravated DUI is determined by the circumstances of your arrest and whether you were charged with a Class 4 or 6 felony.

The penalties for a first-time Class 4 felony in Arizona include:

  • Three-year suspension of your driver’s license
  • 4- months of aggravated DUI jail time
  • Any car you drive should have an ignition interlock device installed.
  • At least $5,000.00 in fines and fees
  • Counseling for alcohol or drugs
  • Community service

The penalties for a first-time Class 6 felony in Arizona include:

  • Three-year suspension of your driver’s license
  • Up to 2 years in jail
  • Any car you drive should have an ignition interlock device installed.
  • At least $5,000.00 in fines and fees
  • Counseling for alcohol or drugs
  • Community service

What if You are Hit By a Drunken Driver?

You should call 911 to report the drunk driver and have him arrested before he causes further damage. Seek medical attention for your injuries. Don’t forget to collect information from eyewitnesses.

At the accident scene, you should gather as much information as possible. If the cops ask, never say you’re good or that you’re not in pain. When you feel the driver of the vehicle that hit you is inebriated, just notice the signs such as slurred speech, a strong smell of alcohol, red eyes, and difficulty in standing up straight. Take a video of the drunken motorist if possible. It will be good evidence when you file the lawsuit. If the accident involves the element of aggravated DUI, it will come out during the investigation process.

To file the claim, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant drove a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more at the time of driving.

Consult a DUI attorney, they will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, which may include obtaining evidence that the other driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They will work tirelessly to get restitution for both economic damages and non-economic damages.

What is DWI & How does it Differ from DUI?

DWI means Driving While Intoxicated. The Texas Penal Code Section 49.04 states that “a person commits an offense if the person is inebriated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place.” A DUI/DWI includes all types of drugs, including prescription medications. Having the presence of drugs in one’s system did not make the individual be arrested. It should have made him/her be impaired and unfit to control the vehicle.

What is aggravated DWI, and what are the penalties? Aggravated DWI is charged when the motorist’s breath alcohol level is.16 or higher, the driver refuses the breath alcohol test, or there is an alcohol-related accident. Aggravated DWI carries a mandatory penalty that is a necessary 48-hour jail sentence. Fines of up to $10,000 are possible in serious DWI convictions. A prison sentence of up to ten years and driver’s license suspension is possible.

Conclusion

‘A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.’ An aggravated DUI charge could affect the individual’s life very seriously. Better not to mix drinking and driving to avoid serious legal consequences.

You need DUI attorneys after your DUI arrest. When someone is arrested, regardless of the charge, they have the right to talk with an attorney. Having a discussion with your attorney, you are preventing yourself from saying something inappropriate. Reading this blog, Can you hear your mind’s voice raising a question, can aggravated DUI be reduced to mandatory minimums? Having a qualified criminal DUI lawyer on your side can make a huge difference in your case. On your side, highly qualified DUI lawyers will negotiate and litigate to obtain more lenient punishment.

Winning your case at trial is another way to get your sentence reduced. If you are convicted of Aggravated DUI at trial, you will be subjected to mandatory minimum sentences. Judges do not have the authority to lower these sentences below the statutory minimums. With a skilled DUI attorney on your side, you may be able to win at trial, get your case dismissed, or plead to a lesser charge.

 

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