Certain aspects of your DWI case could enhance the sentence you receive following a guilty verdict. As a result, you could end up with a stiffer penalty than you would have had these factors been absent from your case.
They are known as aggravating factors, and if you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, you should be wary of them.
Did you have a minor in the car during your DWI arrest?
If you had a minor while driving under the influence, you could face an enhanced penalty for endangering their life.
Is this a second (or third) offense?
If this is your first DWI, you may not have it rough, although it depends on the circumstances of your case. Generally, repeat offenders tend to get heavier punishments.
Was your blood alcohol level very high?
While a BAC of 0.08% is the legal threshold, having a very high blood alcohol concentration level could see your sentence enhanced.
Did you cause injury or death while drunk driving?
If you caused an accident that resulted in the death or injury to the victims, the court will likely impose heavier sanctions should you be found guilty.
Did you resist arrest?
If you refused to cooperate with law enforcement officials as they were conducting a breath test or placing you under lawful custody, it is likely to work against you in the DWI sentencing.
What should you do?
You cannot take chances if there are aggravating factors to your DWI charges. Should you throw caution to the wind and let the trial run its course, you could be in for a rude shock by the sentence you get. By then, it may be too late to do anything.
Therefore, avoiding a guilty verdict should be your primary goal. A well-planned and executed defense is your best bet in such a case.