Whenever a driver in New Jersey is pulled over and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), the consequences can quickly become steep. However, some situations called for enhanced penalties that go beyond the usual consequences. You may face aggravated DWI charges if you engage in any of the following behaviors.
Common aggravated DWI situations
Perhaps the most common reason to charge someone with aggravated DWI is driving with an extremely high blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In New Jersey, the threshold for DWI is .08%. When tests reveal that your BAC is two or more times the legal limit, you’ll likely face an aggravated DWI charge. In New Jersey, you may face an aggravated DWI if your BAC is as low as .10%.
You’ll encounter even more trouble if you receive a DWI while a minor under 18 is in your vehicle. Not only will you have to fight an aggravated DWI charge, but you may also face a disorderly person’s offense and will likely have to forfeit your license for at least six months.
Those are the most common aggravated DWI scenarios, but you could also receive an increased charge for the following reasons:
- Multiple DWI convictions
- Driving on a suspended or revoked license
- Excessive speed
DUI and DWI charges require an aggressive defense
A DUI or DWI conviction can have devastating consequences in all aspects of your life. An aggravated DWI charge will make those consequences steeper and even more difficult to fight. Not only will you incur additional fines, but you may also face jail time and a lengthy revocation of your license. When faced with a heightened charge, you should examine all possible alternatives to mitigate your situation.
Depending on the circumstances, you may want to bring the case to trial or go through a plea agreement to lessen the charges. Often law enforcement officials are overzealous with prosecution as arresting officers may not have followed procedures properly or did not correctly administer a breathalyzer test. Make sure you know all alternatives when facing an aggravated charge.