Felony DUI In California
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime in the State of California. The penalties for DUI can vary depending on a number of factors, including whether the DUI has been charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
If you have been charged with DUI, contact the criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Todd Landgren right away. It doesn’t matter whether you are charged with misdemeanor or felony DUI–you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
Misdemeanor vs. Felony DUI Explained By Our Criminal Defense Attorneys
DUI is typically a misdemeanor crime in California, however, it can be classified as a felony in some cases. For example, drivers with three or more DUI convictions on their record within the last ten years will most likely be charged with a felony if they are accused of drinking and driving for the fourth time. The three or more convictions can include standard DUI, wet reckless, or DUIs that happened in other states. An expunged DUI conviction can also count as a prior conviction when determining if a driver should face misdemeanor or felony DUI charges.
DUI defendants can also be charged with felony DUI if they have one or more felony DUIs on their record already. This means if you are convicted of felony DUI for the first time, you will face felony charges if you are ever accused of driving drunk again in the future.
This crime is also classified as a felony when it leads to another person’s injury or death. If you injure someone while driving drunk, prosecutors can charge you with DUI causing injury. If you kill someone while driving drunk, prosecutors will most likely charge you with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. These are both felony crimes that carry very serious penalties.
What Are The Penalties For Felony DUI Defendants In California?
The penalties for felony DUI vary on a case-by-case basis. If a repeat offender is convicted of felony DUI, the penalties can include up to $1,000 in fines and years behind bars. These repeat DUI offenders can also lose their driving privileges for up to four years and be classified as a habitual traffic offender.
If you are convicted of DUI causing injury, the penalties include years in prison. Additional time can be added onto this sentence if the victims suffer great bodily injury. You can also be ordered to attend DUI school and pay up to $5,000 in fines. Your driving privileges will also be revoked for up to five years following a conviction. Vehicular manslaughter carries many of these penalties as well.
DUI defendants who injure or kill someone can face civil penalties as well as criminal penalties. The victim or the victim’s family can take legal action against the felony DUI offender in order to recover compensation for their injuries or loss of a loved one.
In addition to these civil and criminal penalties, a DUI conviction can negatively impact your future. Having a DUI conviction on your record can make it difficult to find employment. It will also raise the price of your car insurance for years following the conviction. For these reasons, it is in your best interests to work with a skilled criminal defense attorney. Let the team at The Law Offices of Todd Landgren fight the felony DUI charges and protect your future.
Your DUI attorney will review the details of your case to determine an appropriate defense strategy. Sometimes, an attorney is able to work with the prosecution to have your charges reduced or completely dismissed. If this is not an option, an attorney can also carefully analyze your interaction with law enforcement to determine if any errors were made. The case could be dismissed if mistakes were made during the DUI stop, chemical test, or arrest.
There are countless ways to fight felony DUI charges, so it’s important to remember that a charge does not always lead to a conviction. Speak to an attorney today to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.
If you are facing felony DUI charges, seek legal representation from the experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Todd Landgren. Our team is committed to helping DUI defendants reach the best possible outcome in their case. To schedule a free consultation, call 949-752-1122 or fill out the form on our website.
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