In the state of Louisiana, a regular charge for driving under the influence carries with it a variety of severe penalties. Depending on how many previous offenses there are, a person caught and charged with a DUI could be facing a minimum of anywhere from two to 48 days in jail, plus community service. They could also lose their license, making it nearly impossible to make a living.
When you're charged with an aggravated DUI, the penalties are even harsher. Here are some of the factors that could lead to an aggravated DUI charge:
- Having someone underage in the vehicle at the time of the DUI.
- Getting stopped for a DUI in a school zone.
- Having an unusually high blood alcohol concentration (typically double the legal limit) might lead to bigger fines and longer sentences.
- Driving without a license or driving with a suspended license could be cause for an aggravated DUI charge.
- Previous convictions for DUI may lead the court to hand down a tougher sentence.
- If you're stopped for a DUI, and you were traveling at what's deemed an "excessive speed," the charge could be elevated. This usually happens by degrees. In other words, driving double the speed limit is different than 10 mph over.
Every state has different laws regarding DUI enforcement, so it's a good idea to speak with an attorney in your state to find out the particulars. He or she may also be able to help you get a reduced sentence or build a defense to get a DWI expungement.