What Is Aggravated DUI?
An Aggravated DUI Conviction Can Mean Harsh Penalties – Contact an Experienced Attorney You Can Trust to Work Hard for You
Being arrested, charged, and convicted of a driving under the influence (DUI) offense is very serious, and can carry large penalties, including the revocation of one’s license. But even more serious than a standard DUI is an aggravated DUI. If you are facing aggravated DUI charges in Florida, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side who understands what you’re up against and is willing to work hard to provide you with the best defense possible.
What Is an Aggravated DUI in Florida?
“Aggravated” is the word that is used to describe a DUI offense that is especially serious, and involves more than just drinking and driving while under the influence or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 percent or above. It should be noted that nowhere in Florida code is the word “aggravated” used; instead, statute merely describes more serious penalties (including various misdemeanor and felony criminal classifications) for more serious offenses. That being said, a DUI may be considered aggravated when any of the following occur, or when the DUI is a felony rather than a misdemeanor DUI:
- A person’s BAC is .15 or over (nearly double the legal limit);
- Damage to property or person occurs;
- Serious bodily injury to another party results;
- The death of any human being occurs, including the death of an unborn child;
- The driver is being convicted of a subsequent DUI offense; and
- The driver is accompanied by a minor under 18 years old and has a BAC of above .08.
What Are the Penalties for an Aggravated DUI Offense in Florida?
The most serious penalties are associated with felony DUI charges; an aggravated misdemeanor DUI is still punished harshly, but less so than a felony DUI. For a felony DUI, penalties may include:
- Revocation of a license;
- Jail or prison time;
- The installation of an interlock ignition device;
- Mandatory attendance in an alcohol treatment or education program;
- Mandatory community service;
- Large fines;
- Financial reparations made to victims of the DUI offense who suffered property or bodily injury damage;
- License reinstatement fee;
- Vehicle impoundment;
- Probation; and
- Permanent mark as a felon on one’s criminal record, which can affect things like employment, housing, educational opportunities, and even things like child custody and visitation.
Defending Yourself if You Are Facing Aggravated DUI Charges
If you have been charged with an aggravated or felony DUI, it is very important that you hire an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner that your attorney gets to work on your case, the better the outcome of your case will likely be. At the Law Offices of Mark G. Rodriguez, P.A., we have experience helping clients facing serious DUI charges. We know how to dig deep to have evidence against you withheld from submission into court, negotiate with prosecutors, and even have charges dropped or lessened.
To learn more about our legal services and how we can help you if you are facing aggravated DUI charges, please contact our law office directly by phone or online. Consultations are offered free of charge.