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Most states tend to punish charges driving while intoxicated (DWI) with particularly severe penalties, especially when the accused has a previous DWI on record. The most severe drunk driving charges can involve long jail sentences and high fines, even when it is the first DWI on a person’s record. An aggravated DWI, also known as an extreme DUI or felony DUI, is a DWI charge that can result from certain aggravating circumstances surrounding the incident that led to the crime.
Factors that could contribute to an aggravated DWI charge include the following:
- Extremely high blood alcohol content (BAC)
- Driving with a BAC or 0.08% or more when a minor is in the vehicle
- Driving a school bus while intoxicated
- Driving drunk within a school zone
- Causing a severe injury or death
- Driving without a valid driver’s license
- Caused extensive property damage
- Has had multiple drunk driving convictions, especially within a certain timeframeIf you’re facing aggravated DWI charges, you could be facing some of the most extreme sentences a DWI conviction can offer. Make sure to give yourself the best chance of fighting the accusation by talking to one of our skilled Muncie criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible. We can work with you on mounting a solid defense on your behalf.
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A conviction for aggravated DWI will result in more than just the usual misdemeanor. Aggravated drunk driving is more likely to be a felony charge, which can place a black mark on a person’s criminal record which could disqualify him or her from some jobs and housing. Many factors will determine what level of felony you might be convicted of and what punishments you could face. Below is an outline of aggravated DWI offenses and their penalties.
Level 6 Felony
Conviction could lead to incarceration ranging from 6 months to 2.5 years with an advisory sentence of 1 year.
- Previous DWI conviction within the last 5 years
- 2 prior DWI convictions within the past 10 years
- Having a minor passenger in the car
- DWI causing bodily injury or which kills a law enforcement animal
Level 5 Felony
Conviction could lead to a charge of manslaughter, which is punishable by 1 to 6 years in prison with an advisory sentence of 3 years.
- Causes death
- 2nd DWI conviction within 5 years of a prior DWI conviction causing death or bodily injury
- 2nd DWI conviction causing death or bodily injury and coming within 5 years of a previous DWI conviction in which no one was harmed
Level 4 Felony
Conviction could lead to 2 to 12 years with an advisory sentence of 6 years.
- DWI involving a BAC of 0.15% or higher and causes death
- DWI conviction causing death and involving prior DWI convictions in the past 5 years
- DWI conviction causing death and involving driving on a suspended license as a result of another DWI conviction
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