The Differences Between Aggravated & Extreme DUI Charges

A person found or suspected to be operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level over the legal limit of 0.08% will most likely be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The penalties for a typical DUI can be extensive, including license suspension, fines, and jail time. However, there are specific circumstances that can escalate a DUI charge even further, which in turn will cause even steeper penalties upon conviction. In particular, a person might be charged with an “Aggravated DUI” or an “Extreme DUI”.

What is an Aggravated DUI?

The name aggravated DUI makes it seem as if some sort of aggressive or reckless driving habit is involving in the arrest, but this is not necessarily true. A person will actually be charged with an aggravated DUI if he or she is intoxicated behind the wheel while also having a suspended or revoked license. The state will ramp up its suggested penalties upon conviction to emphasize that the disregard for the license revocation or suspension will not be tolerated.

What is an Extreme DUI?

As mentioned, driving with a BAC level higher than 0.08% is considered illegal intoxication. A DUI becomes an “extreme DUI” when the suspect has a reported BAC level that is “extremely” higher than the legal limit. In most states, a DUI becomes extreme when the BAC level between 0.15% and 0.20%. Some states will consider anything higher than 0.20% to be a “super extreme” DUI. All of these charges will be paired with harsher penalties.

Reno DUI Defense Attorneys

It is worth noting that some counties in Nevada do not actually use aggravated and/or extreme DUI charges in its booking. Instead, it will simply increase the charges of the DUI, especially if the suspect has multiple DUIs on his or her record. At this point, it is a bit of a verbal argument, as the consequences will essentially be the same, regardless of what the DUI charge is called.

Joey Gilbert Law is a trusted criminal defense law firm in Northern Nevada with an extensive history defending all sorts of DUI charges. Whether you are accused of a DUI, aggravated DUI, or extreme DUI, you can count on our Reno DUI attorneys to know what to do to protect your rights and driving privileges. Let’s start talking about your options now – just contact us at any time to request a free initial consultation.


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