I recently received a call from someone who had been arrested in the city of Buffalo and charged with aggravated DWI. The question was, “What is the difference between aggravated DWI and a regular DWI charge?” A person whose breath reading is .18 or higher will be charged with aggravated DWI. While it is still a misdemeanor, the penalties for this crime are higher than they would be if they had been charged with a regular DWI. For example, the fine will be at least $1,000, and may range all the way up to $2,500, in addition to certain surcharges that are very expensive. Also, the offender’s license will be suspended/revoked for a period of one year, and other consequences may include a period of probation lasting up to three years as well as up to one year in jail. Judges are more likely to impose a jail sentence for an aggravated DWI than in cases of regular DWI. If you are charged with aggravated DWI, it’s very important to hire a DWI attorney in Buffalo as soon as possible to help defend you against those charges.
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