Penalties for a regular
DUI are serious enough, but an aggravated DUI is even more serious. Aggravated
DUIs typically bring enhanced penalties.
A DUI is upgraded to aggravated DUI for several reasons, such as:
- Causing an accident with another car in which someone was injured
- Your blood alcohol content was 0.20 or greater
- There was a child under 14 years old in the car with you
- You refused a chemical test
- You were on probation for another case
- You were driving on a suspended or revoked driver's license
- You have been convicted of multiple DUIs in the last 10 years
- You were excessively speeding
- You were under 21 years old
Penalties for Aggravated DUI
Prosecutors will usually look for additional punishments for you with any
of the above factors involved. The specific punishment will depend on
the offense itself.
In general, punishments following accordingly:
- at least 5 days in jail and a year-long license suspension for an accident
- 9 month alcohol program with an elevated blood alcohol content
- Possible 48 hours in jail and possible child endangerment charges for having
a minor in the car
- 2 days in jail and alcohol treatment program for refusing a chemical test
- 60 days in jail for excessive speed of 20 to 30 miles per hour over the
No matter what the circumstances of your aggravated DUI, you have rights
and you are not convicted unless a judge or jury deems you guilty. An
Orange County criminal defense attorney can use many of the same defenses
possible in a normal DUI case. Even if your case cannot be dropped, an
attorney can work to have your charges reduced so you don't lose out
on your future.
Call The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman for legal help for your aggravated DUI charge.