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When could a DUI charge turn into an aggravated allegation?

Drinking and driving is a serious crime in itself because of the hazards it poses to you and other individuals on the road. As a result, even if you do not feel particularly impaired after having a few drinks, you could still end up facing charges if authorities believe that alcohol has diminished your abilities.

You may not think that a DUI charge will come with steep penalties, but these allegations can cause many difficulties in your life if a conviction takes place. Additionally, different levels of DUI charges exist, and if you end up facing an aggravated DUI charge, the possible punishments could prove even more severe.

When are charges upgraded?

Several factors could play into your DUI case and potentially lead to an upgraded charge. Some of those aggravating factors include:

  • Minors in the vehicle: You could face increased charges if you had a child in the vehicle at the time of the incident. For this type of situation in Texas, a minor refers to anyone 15 years old or younger.
  • High BAC: Your blood alcohol concentration level will likely play a role in your case no matter what. However, if authorities believe your BAC to have reached an excessive level, you could face enhanced charges.
  • Previous DUI convictions: Your situation may also become more serious if you have already faced two DUI convictions in the past.
  • Driving on a suspended license: If you get behind the wheel while having a suspended or revoked driver's license and face DUI charges, authorities may consider it an aggravated crime.

This list may not represent every aspect that could potentially lead to an aggravated DUI charge in the state. Therefore, you may want to explore more information on this topic, especially if you face this type of allegation.

How can you defend against aggravated DUI?

Just like any other criminal charge, you have the ability to present a criminal defense against the allegation of aggravated DUI. The tactics that may best suit your case will likely depend on the exact details of your situation. In order to find the most viable defensive routes for your circumstances, you may want to utilize local legal resources for more information. Exercising your right to an attorney could also make a difference in the outcomes of your case.

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