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Aggravated Drunk Driving

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Aggravated Drunk Driving
Every year, thousands of drivers find themselves being arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in the United States alone. As one of the most dangerous offenses a driver can commit, DUI carries a number of hefty penalties—and even a first offense can lead to hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines, a lengthy license suspension, and/or jail time. However, if you are charged with aggravated drunk driving, you may be facing even harsher sentencing guidelines.

Although each state has its own specific DUI laws, most jurisdictions impose additional penalties for certain offenses. For example, if you are caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) significantly above the legal 0.08% limit (usually around 0.16%), you may be charged with aggravated DUI. The same rule also applies if you were involved in a serious auto collision, driving 30 miles or more over the speed limit, or arrested in a school zone.

You could also face aggravated DUI charges if you had an underage passenger in your vehicle at the time of your arrest. While these laws vary greatly from one state to another, transporting a person under 16 is typically grounds for a driver to be charged with child endangerment. In some areas, the offense may even be classified as a felony.

If you have a history of drunk driving (meaning you have one or more DUI convictions on your record), you will be shown little leniency if you are convicted of a subsequent offense. Indeed, the penalties for drunk driving typically increase significantly with each conviction—meaning a second offense will carry a harsher sentence than a first offense, a third offense will have tougher penalties than a second offense, and so forth. Finally, if you are arrested for DUI while driving on a suspended or revoked license (or simply do not have a license), you may once again be charged with aggravated DUI.

It is important to know that, regardless of the reason for the offense, an aggravated DUI carries much larger fines, a far longer license suspension, and a lengthier jail sentence than a standard drunk driving charge. As a result, it is more important than ever to have legal representation if you are charged with aggravated drunk driving.

To improve your chances of obtaining a successful outcome in DUI court, the best thing you can do is obtain legal representation immediately after your arrest. With the right legal strategy, many drivers just like you are able to significantly reduce the charges against them—or in some cases, avoid them altogether. In order to do this, however, most drivers must have help from a skilled DUI defense attorney.

Unlike general practitioners, lawyers who limit their practice area to drunk driving defense have advanced knowledge in the science of breath testing and other important areas of DUI law. For more information about the latest defense strategies, submit your information online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced DUI attorney in your area.


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