Felony DUI

Defending The Felony DUI

In California, there are three ways that a DUI can be treated as a felony:

  1. First, 4 or more DUI offense convictions within 10 years can be charged as a felony.
  2. Second, if you are the driver involved in a DUI where there is a death or serious bodily injury to your passenger, a pedestrian, or occupants of another car, you could be charged with a felony DUI.
  3. Third, once you have a conviction for a felony DUI, any later conviction will also be a felony.

The court procedures in a felony DUI case are different from those in a misdemeanor case in a number of very significant respects, and as a general rule, the client must be present in court at all stages of the proceedings. With state prison as a possible direct consequence of a felony DUI conviction, the stakes involved are incredibly high. There are a number of important variables involved that can have a significant impact on the outcome of the case. What is at stake could range widely from five days in jail, or a non-custodial alternative, to state prison for three or more years, depending upon the facts of the case.  If you are facing a felony DUI, it is imperative that you contact our office immediately to discuss a legitimate and effective defense strategy for your felony DUI matter.