Although a regular DUI already carries harsh consequences, there are certain situations that can result with a drunk driver being charged for aggravated DUI. When there are aggravating factors in a DUI case, the defendant can end up facing felony charges. Below, we discuss some of the factors that can cause a person to be charged with aggravated DUI.
Excessively High Blood Alcohol Concentration
Most states set the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration at 0.08%. Those who are caught driving with BAC over the legal limit will face DUI charges. However, if chemical testing reveals that a driver has an extremely high BAC, the charge will be enhanced to an aggravated DUI.
Having a Minor in the Vehicle
When minors are present in a vehicle and the driver has been found to have exceeded the legal limit, they can be arrested for aggravated DUI. The range of ages that will trigger this enhanced charge varies from state to state. The penalty can also be enhanced if the DUI occurs in a school zone, even if no children are present at the time of the arrest.
Multiple Convictions for DUI
Elevated sentences can also be handed down if a person has had multiple DUI convictions. Convictions that have occurred in other states can also result in an enhanced DUI charge. To discourage people from driving under the influence, states will hand out harsher punishments to repeat DUI offenders.
Suspended or Revoked License
Getting a DUI while your license is suspended or revoked can also be grounds for aggravated assault.
Exceeding the speed limit by a significant amount can be grounds for aggravated DUI charges. If a driver neglects posted speed limits and is arrested for DUI, they can end up facing additional charges.
Get Help From Our DUI Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one is facing charges for DUI, you should immediately speak to our attorneys about how we can help defend your rights. We can review your case to determine if the police had probable cause to stop you or if the results of your chemical test are accurate. Our legal team will explore all of your options so that you can secure the justice you deserve.
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