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Fighting Against an Aggravated DUI Charge 

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Fighting Against an Aggravated DUI Charge Here in the state of Illinois, a DUI conviction can come with serious legal ramifications. Not only will the convicted party face a Class A misdemeanor charge, but they will also lose their driving privileges, face significant fines, and even potentially spend time in jail. Due to the fact that some crimes are blatantly worse than others, not all DUI charges are equal. There are a number of offenses that can elevate a DUI to an aggravated DUI, leading to even more potential punishment. Below we will discuss how to respond to an aggravated DUI charge

What Is an Aggravated DUI?

An aggravated DUI can simply be defined as a DUI with specific aggravating acts. For instance, if a person is charged with their third DUI, the charge will be elevated to an aggravated DUI. If the driver is apprehended while driving without a license or driving with a minor under the age of 15, the charge will be elevated. The most common aggravating factor is having a blood alcohol concentration over .16%. 

It is important to understand that an aggravated DUI can come with life-changing legal consequences. Even the most minor forms of aggravated DUIs constitute a Class 4 felony charge. If convicted, the driver could face as many as three years in prison. It should be noted that some aggravating factors, such as a DUI in which someone was injured, can lead to more severe punishments. 

How To React to a Charge

While being charged with an aggravated DUI may seem frightening, there are a number of potential defenses that can result in a reduced charge. For instance, a person in Illinois can be charged with an aggravated DUI if they are apprehended while driving the wrong way down a one-way street. If the one-way street was improperly marked, the charge will likely be reduced. The most important thing you can do after being charged with an aggravated DUI is hiring an attorney you can believe in. 

Contact a Lombard DUI Defense Attorney

At McMahon Law Offices, we are prepared to do everything in our power to help you avoid a criminal conviction. With years of legal experience in Illinois, we are confident in our ability to represent you. An aggravated DUI charge is a serious thing, and you need the most knowledgeable legal professionals at your disposal. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled DuPage County DUI defense attorney, call us today at 630-953-4400. 



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