Philadelphia Aggravated DUI Charge Lawyer
A standard DUI already carries with it severe penalties, but in certain scenarios enhanced consequences for a DUI go well beyond the sentences that are customarily imposed after a standard DUI. The presence of aggregating factors in a DUI charge can result in an increase range in potential sentencing or raising the actual offense to a higher level. DUI arrests aren’t pleasant and being charged with an aggravated DUI is even less pleasant. A good option to help fight your offense is to hirer an experienced DUI attorney. Contact The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., to schedule a free consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys today.
An arrest for a DUI can carry significant consequences, ranging from only a few hundred dollars in penalties to thousands of dollars in fines, a year loss of license, and up to two years of jail time. However, when a driver causes injury to another person while under the influence, this results in even harsher penalties. This is called aggravated assault with a vehicle while DUI – or simply aggravated DUI. If you have been charged with an Aggravated DUI, you are facing serious criminal consequences – as well as possibly significant civil consequences in the case of suit – and should retain counsel immediately. Call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation.
DUI – Driving Under the Influence – is the act of operating a motor vehicle while one’s blood alcohol content is above the legal limit. In Pennsylvania, this limit is .08% BAC. But make no mistake, one may still be charged with a DUI even if their BAC is under the legal limit. Officers may make an arrest based either on a field breathalyzer test or field sobriety tests. The State need only prove one of the two to achieve a guilty verdict.
The breathalyzer used in the field yields an inconclusive result which only serves as a basis for arrest, while a second, far more accurate device is employed at the police station to measure a BAC with which to charge the suspected offender. However, before either of these measurements are taken, officers will make a stop either based on reasonable suspicion or at a checkpoint. At this juncture, the officer will make initial observations, and then request the suspected drunk driver exit the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests. Based on the officer’s observations during these tests and/or the breath test results, they will make a determination to either release the individual or place them under arrest.
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Aggravated DUI Penalties
The penalties for Aggravated DUI can be as much as five fold that of the most significant DUI offense without outside factors. Whereas a third offense DUI carries a maximum $5,000 in fines and 2 years in prison, a conviction for Aggravated DUI may result in as much as $25,000 in fines and 10 years in prison! While DUI is always a significant offense, and is considered criminal in Pennsylvania, you can see that Aggravated DUI is another ball game entirely.
Beyond criminal penalties, you may be susceptible to civil litigation. If found liable, you could be facing financially devastating consequences, well beyond the $25,000 for a criminal conviction. You may also find it difficult to drive again, as insurers may raise your premium beyond manageable levels, or refuse to insure you altogether. This means after your fines are paid, prison time served, and license suspension runs its course, you may still find yourself unable to drive again legally. Perhaps even more damaging is that many employment contracts contain provisions for such offenses, and it is possible your job or even career could be in jeopardy as a result of a conviction.
You are facing significant consequences when charged with Aggravated DUI. The prosecution will be looking for a conviction, and lobbying for significant penalties. You will need someone in your corner fighting even harder to protect your interests. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help. Call today.
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