Aggravated DWI Defense


A charge of DWI will be enhanced to an aggravated DWI under the following circumstances:

  • You refused to submit to a breath or blood test after being requested to do so by a law enforcement officer;
  • You submitted to a breath or blood test and the results were higher than a .16.
  • You were involved in a DWI accident involving serious physical injuries.

The effect of an aggravated DWI charge is that it enhances the potential penalty that the court may impose after a conviction or plea, and typically involves a period of mandatory incarceration. For example, while a straight DWI first offense carries no mandatory jail time, a first offense aggravated charge carries a mandatory 48 hours incarceration.

An aggravated DWI based upon a refusal will also increase your period of license revocation in an MVD proceeding from 6 months to one year. At this time, an aggravated charged based upon breath score or injuries do not increase your period of revocation in the MVD proceedings.

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