A normal driving under the influence (DUI) charge already carries severe penalties but there are certain situations when the severe penalties are more enhanced. There are certain aggravating factors in a DUI case that may increase the penalties and range of potential sentences that are normally imposed after a DUI conviction.
Situations that can aggravate a DUI charge
- Extremely high blood alcohol concentration – States have set a limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and this is usually .08%. According to the law, a person caught driving with BAC over the legal limit can be charged with DUI. If tests reveal an extremely high BAC, usually at 2 times or more above the legal limit, the crime becomes aggravated DUI with higher fines and longer prison sentences.
- Presence of minors – An aggravated DUI will result if police officers find out that there are minors inside the vehicle. States have different age ranges for minors like younger than 16 while others have set a maximum age for a minor at 12. Penalties for DUI may increase if the offense happens near a school zone regardless of whether there are minors in the vehicle.
- Multiple DUI convictions – Elevated sentences can be expected by a person who has had multiple DUI convictions whether in the state or other states. Repeat offenders are given harsher penalties to discourage people from committing another DUI offense after their first conviction.
- Driving with a suspended or revoked license – A DUI defendant can expect aggravated DUI charges after being caught driving with a suspended or revoked license. This means blatant disregard of DUI laws.
- Excessive speed – A person can be charged with DUI and excessive speed at the same time. In some states, if the speed limit is exceeded by a certain amount, it can lead to an aggravated DUI charge.
Facing a DUI charge can be very stressful and frustrating. Your best option is to call MyDefence to provide you with the necessary assistance to fight your case. Get legal advice quickly to ensure that your rights are protected and you will be judged according to reliable evidence. Do not make any decisions without consulting your lawyer.