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What being charged with an aggravated DUI can mean

On Behalf of | Mar 3, 2024 | Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving

Facing a DUI charge in Maryland is a serious matter. An aggravated DUI carries even more severe penalties and potential consequences for your future.

Reckless behavior

You may face an aggravated DUI charge if law enforcement deems your behavior extremely reckless, such as driving with excessive alcohol in your system, having a minor in the vehicle, or causing a serious accident while intoxicated. Repeat offenders with a history of drunk driving may also be charged with an aggravated DUI.

Life-altering penalties

An aggravated DUI carries more severe penalties compared to a normal DUI. If convicted, you may face a six-month license suspension, fines ranging from $500 to $1,000, and potential jail time. The judge may also order counseling or alcoholism treatment and mandate the installation of a breath test device in your vehicle before starting the ignition.

Additional charges

If driving while intoxicated results in injury, you could face up to three years in jail and fines up to $5,000. In cases of fatalities, the penalty could be five years in jail. Additionally, you may face civil lawsuits from injured parties or the families of those killed, leading to financial devastation. Having a minor in the vehicle may lead to child endangerment charges alongside aggravated DUI charges. Speeding or reckless driving could result in additional reckless driving charges.

Long-term consequences

An aggravated DUI conviction can have long-lasting consequences beyond fines and jail time. Insurance premiums may increase, and a long criminal record can hinder job and housing opportunities. Once on your record, it’s challenging to have an aggravated DUI conviction removed.

Be careful and drive safe

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense, and being charged with reckless driving can have long-term consequences. If you plan to drink, make arrangements to avoid driving to protect yourself and others on the road.