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Is Your DUI Classified As A Felony?

There are times when a DUI is serious enough that California classifies it as a felony. These moments can devastate anyone. You do not need to let your DUI ruin your life. Any DUI charge is serious enough to call for the best legal representation available. If you think that you may be charged with a DUI, especially at the felony level, get us on your side immediately.

There are countless ways to defend, mitigate, and defeat felony DUI charges. Being arrested or charged does not mean that you will be convicted and being convicted does not mean that you will suffer the anticipated felony level punishments.

When Does A DUI Become A Felony?

The courts have a lot of leeway with DUI convictions, and California’s DUI punishments are some of the strictest in the nation. Knowing if your DUI is a felony and why can be key to your defense. Some circumstances leading to felony DUI allegations include:

  • Prior DUI conviction: Drivers with three or more DUI convictions on their record within the last 10 years will most likely be charged with a felony if they are accused for the fourth time. The three or more convictions can include a DUI, a “wet reckless” reduced charge or DUIs that happened in other states. An expunged DUI conviction in California counts as a prior conviction.
  • DUI leading to injury or death: If an impaired driver causes injury to another person, prosecutors file a sentencing enhancement to the DUI charge that can dramatically increase the associated penalties. If the DUI resulted in a death, prosecutors can file manslaughter, murder, or similarly titled homicide charges.

The penalties for felony DUI vary widely on a case-by-case basis. Our attorneys know how to reduce and eliminate these charges and associated penalties.

You Need An Attorney

Hire us and we will be there to confront, mitigate, negotiate, fight, and resolve your charges by the most effective means possible. We will attack the evidence and the case to reduce, minimize or eliminate your liability. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 949-535-1303 or reach us by email.