In every state, there are serious penalties for being convicted of driving under the influence. In most circumstances, a DUI is classified as a misdemeanor. If charged with an aggravated DUI, however, the offender will experience harsher penalties.
The presence of certain aggravating factors can enhance the severity of penalties resulting from a DUI arrest. For instance, if a driver was caught committing an additional offense on top of the normal DUI offense, they can be convicted of an aggravated DUI.
Aggravating Factors in a DUI Case
Aggravating factors are those additional circumstances that can alter and elevate DUI penalties. The following situations can lead to an aggravated DUI charge in Massachusetts:
- Having an extremely high BAC (blood alcohol concentration)
- Being under the legal drinking age of 21
- Driving with a suspended or revoked license
- Excessive speeding
- Getting into an accident
- Causing bodily injury or death due to an accident
- Causing property damage
- Transporting a minor
- Driving intoxicated in a school zone
- Operating a school bus while intoxicated
- Refusing a chemical test
- Having prior DUI convictions
Penalties of Aggravated DUI
An aggravated DUI conviction can result in much harsher penalties than a regular DUI conviction, and they can have a powerful effect on the offender’s life thereafter. The following are examples of additional punishment that an aggravated DUI offender may experience:
- Long probation terms
- Substantial fines
- Charges of child endangerment
- Community service
- Loss of driver’s license
- Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device
- Vehicle confiscation
If you or someone you know has been charged with an aggravated DUI, hiring a DUI attorney is important now more than ever. The special circumstances surrounding your aggravated DUI case needs careful examination that can only be conducted by an attorney experienced in handling drunk driving cases.
Contact the DUI attorneys at Revelli & Luzzo for your consultation. We will take the time to go over the details of your aggravated DUI case and outline the best plan of defense. There is no obligation, and our goal is to protect your rights and reduce your penalties as much as possible.