An aggravated DUI is not the same as a typical DUI charge, because it means you’re driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) well above the limit of .08 percent. Typically, the aggravated limit is between two and three times higher than .08 percent, making it extremely likely that you’re too intoxicated to drive safely. The aggravated DUI level in Virginia is .15 percent.
Not all aggravated DUIs require a BAC over .08 percent, though. In fact, if you are traveling while intoxicated and have children under the age of 16 in your vehicle, you could face aggravated DUI charges. It’s also possible to receive this charge if you’ve driven drunk in a school zone or hurt someone while driving drunk. If you have previous convictions, this is likely to lead to an aggravated charge.
If you face an aggravated DUI, be prepared to see increased penalties compared to a typical DUI charge. An aggravated DUI is sometimes treated as a felony, making it likely that you could face a minimum prison sentence. It’s normal for someone convicted of an aggravated DUI to lose his or her license and potentially face using an ignition interlock device if or when he or she is able to regain his or her licensing.
There are many cases where you could face an aggravated DUI. It’s in your best interests to do all you can to negate the charges placed against you. With the right legal help, it’s possible to protect yourself against the charges. Our site has more information on what to do if you’re accused of drunk driving.