Felony Charge: Driving Under the Influence
When is a DUI a felony?
In certain cases, a DUI will be charged as a felony rather than a misdemeanor. This will automatically occur if you already have three or more prior DUI convictions on your record within the last ten years, or one prior felony DUI. Even if this is your first DUI, it may be charged as a felony if you committed a criminal act in addition to drunk driving, or if you caused
injury to another. A DUI which results in the
death of another will always be charged as a felony.
Felony DUIs carry much harsher penalties than DUIs charged as misdemeanors. If you are faced with a felony DUI charge, it can be extremely difficult trying to understand what is legally required of you or what options you have. There is also the emotional impact of an arrest on top of an already grueling situation.
At Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, we can do much that may improve the outcome of your case. Our criminal defense department is well-versed in what needs to be done if you are facing a felony DUI charge. Firstly, we will endeavor to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanor in appropriate cases. Where a DUI is not automatically considered a felony by law, but may be charged as such, a skillful address of the court may result in the charge being reduced to a misdemeanor. Our familiarity with such cases means we can also advise you on whether or not a plea bargain may be the best way to try to achieve this reduction.
A thorough grasp of your options and the outcomes that may be available is vital in determining your best course of action. Being rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell means we offer superior professional skill and ethical standards in representing you. When you are facing the possibility of increased jail time and a longer period of license suspension, we are here to help you through. We will do all we can in pursuit of the best possible outcome.