Aggravated charges are criminal charges that have been escalated according to the circumstances of the crime. An aggravated assault, for example is an assault that resulted in more serious injuries for the person who was assaulted. Today we’re going to be talking about aggravated DUI charges, how they happen, and what they mean for your case. Let’s take a look.
What is an Aggravated DUI?
Like any other aggravated crime, an aggravated DUI occurrs with substantial injuries, damages, and dangers to the public. Someone charged with this wasn’t just driving while under the influence of alcohol, they were also behaving or driving in a way that was exceptionally dangerous.
How Can DUI Charges Escalate?
There are a few ways that DUI charges can become “aggravated”. Those ways may include, but are not limited to the following:
- The presence of a minor in the vehicle.
- An extremely high BAC.
- Driving with a license that has been suspended or revoked.
- Exceeding the speed limit by a substantial amount.
- Having multiple DUI convictions on record.
- Injuring another person while driving.
- Getting into an accident.
- Assaulting a police officer during the arrest.
Now, it should be noted that not all of these circumstances will automatically lead to an aggravated DUI. They are simply potential contributing factors.
What Kinds of Penalties Exist for an Aggravated DUI?
Aggravated DUI charges are less likely to be reduced or dismissed by a judge. You’re also likely to face higher punishments than if you had only been charged with a simple DUI. That being said, no DUI charge is going to have positive long-term consequences. If you need help fighting for your case, The Law Office of Ross W. Albers can help you.
Call on a Trusted DUI Lawyer in Maryland
If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Essex, Columbia, or Westminster, Ross Albers can help defend you. Attorney Albers is one of the leading lawyers for handling all aspects of DUI cases throughout Maryland. Give us a call to set up your free consultation today.