Aggravated DUI In Alabama
Although driving under the influence (DUI) is a relatively common offense in the United States, it remains a serious criminal charge in all 50 states—and with its tough sentencing guidelines, Alabama is no exception. In fact, state law defines a number of scenarios where a drunk driving charge can be escalated to a more serious offense known as “Aggravated DUI.”
When Is A DUI Considered Aggravated DUI?
Generally speaking, there are five basic factors that will determine whether a DUI is upgraded to an aggravated offense—they include your prior record of driving under the influence and blood alcohol content (BAC), as well as the circumstances of your arrest, age of passengers in your vehicle, and whether you were involved in an auto accident.
If you are a repeat offender (meaning you have been convicted of one or more DUIs within the past five years), may be charged with aggravated DUI if you are charged with a subsequent offense. Your offense may also be classified as aggravated DUI if your blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit at the time of your arrest (0.16% or higher), or you had an underage passenger in your vehicle. Finally, if you were involved in a serious auto accident, were driving on a suspended license, or were caught driving 20 miles or more above the speed limit, your DUI will once again be elevated to an aggravated DUI charge.
Penalties For Aggravated DUI
If you are convicted of aggravated DUI, your sentence will most likely include a minimum $4,000 fine, up to two years of jail time, and a one-year license suspension. In some cases, your offense may even be classified as a felony—which means you may face even harsher consequences.
You should also be aware of the impact a DUI conviction can have on your personal life. Once you’ve served your sentence, your offense will remain on your criminal record—where it will undoubtedly jeopardize countless employment, housing, and educational opportunities in the future. You can also expect to pay far more for auto insurance if you have a DUI conviction on your record.