No one intends to drink and drive, but sometimes an excursion to a restaurant or bar can take someone by surprise. The impact of a DUI charge can have longstanding implications on a person’s personal and professional life. Typically, a DUI is defined by driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above .08 percent. An aggravated DUI involves more severe penalties and possibly an elevation to an aggravated misdemeanor or felony if certain conditions are met. In Florida, several factors can escalate a DUI charge:
- A driver has a BAC at .15 percent or above.
- The driver causes property damage or injures others.
- An accident creates serious bodily harm.
- A person is killed during a collision.
- The driver had previous DUI convictions.
- A minor is inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.
The penalties for an aggravated DUI offense
An aggravated DUI may escalate to an aggravated misdemeanor or a felony. Here are some of the additional penalties:
- Your driver’s license could be revoked permanently or suspended for a prolonged period.
- The conviction could include a jail or prison sentence.
- You may have an interlock ignition device installed to prevent future violations.
- Civil penalties and fines could be included.
- You may be required to pay damages to any injured parties for bodily harm or property damage.
- A conviction can cost you current or future employment opportunities.
Understanding the escalating factors
Even as many jobs continue via a work-from-home status, many jobs require that you transport yourself to job sites, workplaces and other areas. A charge can jeopardize every aspect of your life, making it difficult to care for children and family members without previous transportation options. If you received an aggravated DUI charge, you need to pursue all your defense options.