It is a well-known fact that when a person is found to be driving over the legal limit when it comes to their blood alcohol concentration (BAC), they will be charged with a DUI. This is a relatively standard charge, and even a normal DUI can lead to severe consequences, such as the suspension of a person's driver's license.
However, when a person has been found to be guilty of other behavior in addition to simply being over the legal alcohol limit, they are likely to be charged with additional penalties. This is generally known as being charged with an aggravated DUI.
What makes a person guilty of an aggravated DUI?
A person might be charged with a standard DUI simply for being slightly over the legal BAC limit of .08 percent. However, when a person's BAC is measured as extremely high, they are putting other people on the road in extreme danger. In a case such as this, the driver might be charged with an aggravated DUI.
Similarly, a person will likely be charged with an aggravated DUI if they pair their intoxicated driving with another irresponsible factor, such as driving in a car with children while intoxicated. This is seen as putting children in unnecessary danger.
There are several additional reasons why a person might be charged with an aggravated DUI but the decision is usually made on a case-by-case basis. If you have been charged with an aggravated DUI and believe that it was an unfair charge, you may want to take action by understanding more about the law.