Felony DUI Vs. Misdemeanor DUI
In the state of California, the majority of DUI or DWI cases are considered to be misdemeanor offenses. However, there are times when drinking and driving can be charged as a felony. In these cases, it could be in your best interest to discuss your case with a skilled attorney before you face these charges in court.
You may face felony charges for a DUI or a DWI if you injured or killed someone as a direct result of you getting behind the wheel and driving your vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence.
Drunk driving accidents can results in serious consequences. Not only will you face penalties involved with the drunk driving offense, including fines, jail time, suspension of your license, and other consequences, but you could also face additional charges as well.
How Your DUI Charge Could Be A Felony
You could be facing a felony DUI offense if this is your fourth DUI or DWI charge during a 10-year time frame. While your first three times were only charged as a misdemeanor, your fourth offense in such a short time period will result in you facing felony charges.
You may also be charged with a felony for drunk driving is if you have already been convicted of a drunk driving felony for one of the reasons listed above. When you face these felony charges, you could have to pay thousands of dollars in fines. However, that’s not the worst of it. You could face up to five years in prison, depending on the factors in your case. You could also lose your driving privileges for up to four years, and may have to attend special classes for 18 months.
If you are facing felony DUI/DWI, an expert in felony drunk driving in Los Angeles may be able to help. Our lawyer, Amir Soleimanian, has extensive experience in these matters and will work to provide you with the best defense possible. Call us at (866) 780-1234 or send us an email to set up a free consultation.
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