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Orange County Felony DUI Attorney
When Does a DUI Turn Into a Felony?
Most Orange County DUI charges are classified as misdemeanors. However, there are particular circumstances where a drunk driving charge will be elevated and classified as a felony. Felony DUI cases are increasingly complex and the penalties associated with a conviction are severe.
In California, a driver may face felony DUI charges for:
- A fourth DUI within a 10-year period
- A new DUI with a previous felony DUI conviction
- DUI causing injury
- DUI causing death
- Driving with a minor in the vehicle
- Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .16 percent or higher
If you or someone you know has been arrested for a felony DUI offense in Orange County or the surrounding areas, the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. can help. Orange County DUI Attorney Virginia Landry and our team are highly experienced in defending clients against serious charges and penalties. Our lawyers understand how to use the legal system to our clients' benefit and how to provide effective representation at both DMV hearings and criminal proceedings.
Penalties for Felony DUI
A felony DUI conviction will involve in several very serious penalties, such as incarceration in state prison, up to $1,500 in fines, 18 months of mandatory DUI classes, license suspension up to 4 months, or the permanent revocation of your driver' s license.
Misdemeanor vs. Felony DUI Charges
A misdemeanor is a lesser offense than a felony and therefore may carry lesser potential penalties than felonies. A misdemeanor may be punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a felony may be punishable by a minimum of 18 months in prison.
Certain serious felony offenses may result in many years in a state correctional facility, life in prison or even the death penalty. While a felony DUI offense will likely not result in the death penalty, a driver may face up to 4 or even 10 years in state prison for a serious charge such as vehicular manslaughter. Even a fourth DUI offense may result in a sentence of up to 3 years in prison. DUI causing injury may result in a 4 year prison sentence.
Discuss Your Felony DUI Charges With an Experienced Lawyer
You cannot afford to risk your future if you or a loved one is facing felony DUI charges. Orange County DUI lawyer Virginia Landry is here to help. By discussing your case with a member of our legal team, you can gain a clear understanding of your charges and what you can do to avoid serious penalties. There is always hope, and there is always something that an experienced lawyer can do to help you.
Contact an Orange County DUI attorney from our firm as soon as possible if you or someone you love has been arrested for a felony DUI.