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When are you charged for an aggravated DUI in Florida?

DUI charges can be devastating for anyone even if it is just for the first offense. The mark on the criminal record and fines can make it difficult for the driver to recover from and any colleges or jobs they were thinking of applying to just got significantly harder.

However, if you receive charges of aggravated DUI, that recovery process becomes even more challenging. There are many ways this can occur, so it is imperative that you are aware of how this can happen and the consequences of the conviction.

What constitutes as aggravated DUI?

There are several different driving conditions that could lead to aggravated DUI charges in Florida. The court considers driving under the influence negligent enough on its own. However, choosing to drive with these circumstances will make your situation look even worse. Some examples of aggravated DUI driving include:

  • Having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above 0.15 percent
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Having multiple DUI convictions prior to the case
  • Speeding excessively
  • Having a child in the car with you
  • Inflicting bodily harm onto the other driver
  • Causing property damage
  • Committing vehicular manslaughter

What are the penalties for aggravated DUI?

The punishments you receive in aggravated DUIs significantly increase from regular DUI charges. Most aggravated DUIs tend to receive felony charges rather than the typical misdemeanors that first offense DUIs get. Fines between $250 to $500 will now cost between $2,000 to $5000, one year of probation could become five, and six months of jail time might end up being five years.

This does depend on your past convictions and what drove the court to deem it a DUI. If the other driver was injured from the accident, you could receive additional charges in financial reparations. If you had a child in the car with you, you could be facing potential child abuse accusations that will add even more charges to the conviction.

If you face potential charges of aggravated DUI, then you need to search for legal assistance as soon as you can. The consequences from this conviction can be calamitous for your future plans, so you need to have as good of a defense as you can to decrease or erase any potential penalties from the incident.

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