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What does aggravated drunk driving mean?

In Texas and elsewhere, driving while impaired by alcohol is a serious offense. The punishments for doing so -- if convicted -- can be pretty significant. Those for aggravated drunk driving can be far worse.

What does aggravated drunk driving mean? Any person found driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit may be charged with DUI. If aggravating factors are believed to be involved in one's case, the charge and associated penalties may be more severe. Some examples of aggravating factors include:

  • Repeat offender
  • Minors in car
  • Driving on a revoked or suspended license
  • Speeding
  • Extreme BAC level

So, aggravated drunk driving means that one is accused of more than just driving while under the influence. It means that he or she committed some other serious violation as well. If convicted, the penalties may include extended jail time or a lengthy imprisonment and hefty fines -- among various others.

Those who are facing aggravated drunk driving charges will have long legal battles ahead of them. Fighting such charges is far from an easy feat. Thankfully, anyone accused of committing a crime has the right to obtain experienced legal counsel to help them with their cases.

If charged with aggravated drunk driving in Texas, one's attorney can review all of the evidence offered in the case. In doing so, valuable information may come to light that may prove helpful to the accused in court. With legal counsel fighting for one's best interests, achieving a case dismissal or at least a reduction in charges may be possible.

Source: FindLaw, "Aggravated DUI", Accessed on Oct. 10, 2017

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