Aggravated DUI Conviction

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If you have been charged with an aggravated DUI, the severity of penalties and potentially life-changing implications of a conviction require a lawyer who has experience defending clients charged with these increased charges.

There are four main factors that can lead to an aggravated DUI charge, which include:

Minors in the Vehicle

The presence of minors in the vehicle at the time of a DUI arrest can also result in aggravated DUI charges. Depending upon the state you are in – there are different age ranges that will trigger the increased DUI penalty. For instance, in some states – a minor is considered somebody who is under the age of 16 years old, while other states set the age for a minor to be somebody 12 years old or younger.

In addition, there are a few states that increase the penalties for a DUI conviction if the offense occurs in a school zone, regardless of whether children were present in the car or not.

Multiple DUI Convictions

Having prior DUI convictions also will not help your cause either. Most courts and judges will issue higher sentences and penalties if the driver has multiple convictions, even including those that took place in another state. The laws will mandate stiffer penalties and harsher punishments to repeat offenders to deter them from making the same mistake and drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs after their first DUI. This again is determined on a state by state basis.

Suspended or Revoked License

When the driver is caught while driving on a suspended or revoked license, typically the charges will be increased to “Aggravated”. The reason for the increased charges is primarily due to the person’s disregard for the law by driving with a suspended or revoked license, and driving while intoxicated.

Excessive Speed

Getting a DUI is bad enough, however, if the person was caught while driving at an excessive speed, the person can not only get a ticket and fine for the speeding, they can also get an increased charge of an aggravated DUI. These speeds and excessive amounts are determined on a state by state basis.

For example, if a person is caught with a DUI and they were driving 30 miles an hour over the posted speed limit, they would face much higher charges, and face much higher fines and penalties than if they were only driving 5 miles over the speed limit.

What Are The Punishments For Aggravated DUI?

Drunk driving incidents resulting in serious injury or fatal accidents will be charged as aggravated assault, manslaughter, or negligent homicide, with very severe penalties provided for those serious felonies. The punishments for aggravated DUI vary somewhat depending on the particular aggravating circumstance and depends on the state’s laws around DUI offenses.

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