DWI is an abbreviation of Driving While Intoxicated. This is a term that is usually used to refer to the act of operating a car after excessive consumption of alcohol or other drugs that may affect the brain. There are different penalties for DWI in different states across the US. However, it is important to note that this is a crime that is taken very seriously and for people who are arrested twice or more times for the same offence, the consequences can be very dire including incarceration. By definition, a person is charged with aggravated DWI if he or she is found to have committed other offences when driving while intoxicated.
For example, if you are pulled over by a police officer due to DWI and it is also determined that your license has already been revoked you will be charged with aggravated DWI. The same will also happen if your insurance is suspended or is non-existent. In some other states, the alcohol content in the blood may also determine if you will be charged with aggravated DWI. For example here in Texas, a blood alcohol content of above .15 will lead to aggravated DWI charges.
Additionally, if you injure someone or cause any damage to property while driving under the influence will lead to aggravated DWI charges. This can actually lead to very severe charges in some states. The same will also apply if it is determined that the person driving under the influence has a minor in the car. The conviction for DWI will vary depending on the state you are in.
However, the law tends to be tougher on repeat offenders. The common punishment is the revocation of your driving license but a repeat offender can be handed a jail term. The aggravating circumstances may also affect the conviction. For example, if a person driving while intoxicated causes injuries to people or damage to property, the charges can be quite serious and so is the punishment. To learn more about DWI and how you can get legal help please contact us today at 972-200-1382 or visit our website at http://www.duiattorneycollincounty.com