There are DWI charges and then there are aggravated DWI charges. We want to point out the differences of both, as well as the severity beyond a standard DWI. USAttorneys breaks down the aggravated DWI circumstance in regards to Louisiana law.
For the state of Louisiana, an aggravated DWI charge results from: a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or higher, being charged with a third or fourth DWI offense, being arrested with a minor under the age of 16, or causing severe injuries or fatalities in the accident.
The range for jail time is from hours to 30 years. While a blood alcohol concentration that’s high enough can result in a aggravated DWI charge, that number isn’t what causes a longer jail term. Instead, what causes a longer jail term is by causing a fatality.
Longer jail time isn’t the end of the charges for aggravated DWI. Other penalties include: having your license revoked, paying thousands of dollars in fines and fees, having to install an IID (ignition interlock device) in your car, having to participate in community service, and possibly undergoing treatment for substance abuse. Another terrible reality is that your car “can be seized by the state, adding to the overall costs of your DWI charge”.
Aggravated, just like a standard DWI, can hurt your chances of applying to the college of your choice or applying for that job you’ve been wanting.
It’s extremely difficult to fight this battle on your own. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer that specializes in DWI law is the best option for properly taking care of a DWI or aggravated DWI situation. Criminal defense lawyer Taylor Fontenot at Southern Oaks Law Firm specializes in Louisiana DWI law and his priority is always to help his clients and to do his absolute best to provide a fair solution. Call 337-704-7255 or email Taylor and the Southern Oaks Law Firm team today.