Understanding Aggravated DUI Charges
In California state law, an “aggravated” crime is a more serious crime. For example, an aggravated battery charge is a more serious charge than a “standard” battery charge. DUI works the same way. In certain circumstances, even a first driving under the influence (DUI) offense can be charged as an “aggravated” DUI in California. If you are convicted of an aggravated DUI, the penalties could include jail time or even prison time.
Having been a leading DUI law firm in the Orange County area for decades, we’ve successfully defended enough DUI clients to see every variation of aggravated DUI named under the law. Our depth of experience is valuable in the continuous sharpening of our leading-edge approach to DUI and criminal defense in SoCal.
Factors Leading To Aggravated DUI Charges
The following are some of the factors that can “aggravate” driving under the influence offenses in your case:
- You have a prior DUI or wet reckless conviction
- You refused to submit to a mandatory chemical test
- You were speeding excessively/driving recklessly
- A passenger in your vehicle was a minor under 14 years of age
- You caused property damage, injury or death
If you are convicted of DUI and the court finds that one or more of the factors listed above were elements in your case, you face additional penalties. These can include fines, jail or prison time, probation terms, added driving privilege consequences, and more.
When Should You Contact An Aggravated DUI Attorney?
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Todd Landgren have represented thousands of clients charged with driving under the influence — and they are prepared to defend your rights.