Differences Between a Misdemeanor and Felony DUI
After you are arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) charge, feelings of regret and frustration are hard to avoid. One mistake or momentary neglect can result in an everlasting change to your life because of a DUI conviction. Seek experienced legal assistance at once for the best chance at a reduction or dismissal of your charges.
At Wilfert Law, PC, we offer assistance from a former police officer and former DUI prosecutor. Schedule a free case evaluation with our firm for high-quality assistance from our Ventura DUI attorneys.
When is DUI a felony?
In most circumstances, California DUIs are only charged as misdemeanors. If a DUI has led to an accident that caused injury or death to a victim, a felony DUI charge may be given. For three or more DUI convictions within a 10-year period or with a prior felony DUI conviction on the offender's record, a DUI can be classified as a felony. In California, felony DUI convictions carry severe penalties, including a state prison sentence, fines, and the loss of your driver's license. Apart from the criminal penalties for a felony DUI, you can also face the loss of a job and will be required to attend court-approved DUI programs.
Representation from Our Ventura Criminal Defense Attorneys
Whatever the cause of your felony DUI, the penalties can be severe. If you were convicted of a felony, or are being charged with a felony, we encourage you to take action to reduce the potential penalties by speaking with our firm. In serious felony DUI cases, plea bargaining is prohibited, and therefore, other avenues of defense must be pursued. With a felony DUI on your record, subsequent cases can be much more difficult to handle.