What is a federal DUI?
While most DUI cases are addressed in the state legal system, incidents that occur on federal property are prosecuted in Federal Court. A DUI arrest in such areas as a national park or military base would therefore result in a federal DUI charge. As increased or additional penalties may apply, it is vital you defense against a charge for driving while intoxicated.
If the arrest took place in a national park, the case falls within the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. It is thus governed by the Code of Federal Regulations and can result in up to six months in a federal penitentiary. You may be fined up to $5,000 and placed on probation for up to five years. Arrests that occur on other federal property are prosecuted and penalized per the guidelines of the State Superior Court.
Consequences of a Federal DUI
At Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, we are committed in our attempts to resolve your case as positively and as swiftly as possible. We understand that the outcome of a DUI case is of great significance and can have a heavy impact on your life. Our superior knowledge and expertise regarding DUI cases means we have a grasp of all the options and actions that can be taken. The skill with which your federal DUI case is handled can mean the difference between imprisonment and your freedom.
In the event of an arrest on federal property, there can be increased penalties for refusing to submit to a test to determine blood alcohol content. This applies even if the case will be handled at a state level. You can face up to six months in a federal penitentiary, fines or both. You may also be denied the right to drive on federally owned property for a period of one year. An attorney who understands the nuances of a federal DUI case is of great value when faced with such a charge. No matter the specifics of your case, we will endeavor to protect your liberty, finances and your freedom of mobility.