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

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.

About Wallin & Klarich


Wallin & Klarich was established in 1981. Over the past 32 years, our law firm has helped tens of thousands of families in their time of legal need. Regardless of whether our clients faced criminal or DUI charges, the loss of their driving privilege, or wanted to clean up their criminal record, we have been there to help them.