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Child In Vehicle Aggravated DUI

Each year in the United States, millions of people are arrested for DUI. For many of these drivers, they are law-abiding citizens who have never had a criminal record. Even though this may be the case, DUI is considered a very serious crime and the laws and penalties are strict. This is especially the case for anyone facing an aggravated DUI.

This type of DUI means that at least one other offense occurred and was discovered during a DUI investigation. Some of the offenses that may cause an aggravated DUI are having a high blood alcohol content, driving with a revoked or suspended license or speeding excessively. Another serious offense on this list is having a child in the vehicle at the time of the arrest.

What Constitutes A Child In Vehicle DUI Charge?

Every state considers it a serious offense to be caught transporting a minor in a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Although all states will impose enhanced penalties for transporting a minor while DUI, they do have their differences. For instance, one state may declare that a minor is anyone under the age of 16. Another, may deem a minor to be a child under the age of 12. In some states, you can be charged with an aggravated DUI even if no minors are in your vehicle, but you were caught traveling through a school zone. It’s important to check your state’s specific laws as they relate to minors.

Preparing A Legal Strategy

If you believe you were transporting a minor at the time of your DUI arrest, you must contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer. Your chosen attorney will need time to build you a solid defense and you will need to go over every detail of your arrest. Unlike a normal DUI, an aggravated DUI will trigger enhanced penalties. This may include lengthier prison terms and expensive fines.

Although it may seem like there isn’t much hope to avoid conviction, your DUI defense attorney may be able to get your aggravated DUI reduced to a less serious charge, like reckless driving. The best-case scenario would be to have your charge dismissed altogether--and this has happened to defendants before.

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