What Makes A DUI A Felony and Are The Consequences More Serious?

By: Wallin & Klarich

One can only hope to never be stopped, arrested and charged with a DUI in California – let alone a Felony DUI. California has harsh DUI laws, particularly involving a Felony DUI.

A DUI can be charged as a Felony under the following circumstances:

(1) If you are arrested for your 4th “generic” misdemeanor-type DUI within 10 years, then the 4th DUI can be charged as a Felony
(2) If you are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and you are involved in a traffic collision that causes an injury to someone, the prosecutor can file the DUI as a Felony even if it is your 1st DUI (3) If you are arrested for your 2nd or 3rd “generic” misdemeanor-type DUI within 10 years of a prior Felony DUI, then the newest DUI can be charged as a Felony.

The possible consequences of a Felony DUI are supervised formal probation, up to $10,000 in fines, longer alcohol programs, license revocation and up to 3 years in jail. In addition, a felony conviction will affect one’s rights: immigration status, gun ownership/possession, right to vote, etc.

While the consequences may seem dire, there are many steps a Felony DUI defense attorney can take to mitigate the circumstances and negotiate to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanor.

Get the competent representation you will need for your defense. Wallin & Klarich has been handling Felony DUI cases for decades. Contact the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich to represent you during this difficult and stressful time in your life. Visit our website at www.wklaw.com and feel free to call us at 888-280-6839. We will be there when you call.

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