Sarasota Aggravated DUI Attorney

At the Bradenton and Sarasota law offices of MSPerryLaw, our attorneys are experienced legal advocates who have helped many clients after being charged with DUIs. We understand the issues involved in these matters and develop strong cases for people facing DUI charges, whether or not they refused a breath test.

If you've been charged with DUI that is considered "aggravated", you will have an indicator that your DUI is "aggravated." There are some exceptions to that.

The first aggravation on a DUI is if you blow into the "intoxilyzer" above a .15 Blood Alcohol Level (BAL), Florida legislation has decided that that the sanctions are "enhanced." It is still a misdemeanor although it can be elevated from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor.

The sanction for that is usually involves an increased fine, but can also increase the jail time you could potentially serve. You may also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car, a device that you have to blow into before the car will start.

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If you have been involved in a DUI accident, some factors that are considered to determine if is it "aggravated" are:

  1. A DUI involving property damage carries a higher fine and can carry with it more severe sanctions.
  2. Being charged with a DUI causing injury is still a misdemeanor, yet a DUI causing serious bodily injury will result in fines that are more serious. The prosecuting agency will determine whether that injury is serious. If it's serious bodily injury, you will be required to appear in a felony court where the sanctions are much more severe.
  3. DUI Manslaughter.
  4. If there are children in your vehicle, your DUI can be upgraded to more serious consequences.

Contact attorney Michael Perry online or call 941-365-4000 to schedule your free initial consultation about breath tests and refusals.