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Aggravated DUIs in Mississippi

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2022 | Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving

If someone approached their vehicle with keys in hand while intoxicated, the person could face arrest on DUI charges. The charges would not likely be as severe as if the person got into the vehicle and caused an accident on a Mississippi road. However, some accidents might cause little more than minor body damage to a car. Other accidents could cause such severe harm that the driver faces an aggravated DUI charge.

Aggravated DUI explained

Per Mississippi criminal statutes, an aggravated DUI charge involves incidents where an intoxicated driver caused an accident that resulted in a victim’s death, disfigurement, or permanent disability, among other catastrophic injuries. For example, a drunk driver could cause a multi-car collision that leaves one victim dead and another paralyzed, resulting in aggravated DUI charges.

Under the law, the accused might face up to 25 years in prison for each injured victim. The minimum prison sentence is five years, and the court has the discretion of sentencing the driver to concurrent terms or after the conclusion of the first incident. In the latter case, a driver could complete a twenty-year term and then start another twenty-year sentence.

Arrests for aggravated drunk driving

Each drunk driving case has its particulars, and someone charged with aggravated drunk driving could prove they were not drunk at the time of the collision. Perhaps alcohol from recently used mouthwash led to a false positive, and the accident resulted from faulty brakes. The issue with the brakes may derive from a manufacturer or repair defect the driver did not know of.

Other cases could be more clear-cut and point to the driver’s guilt. A plea bargain deal might lead to a reduced sentence and not the maximum allowed by law.

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