DUI cases are usually misdemeanors. The classification depends on how many times you have faced a DUI before, and how much alcohol is in your bloodstream. Misdemeanor cases are less damaging to your future, and to your criminal history. While all criminal cases are serious, a felony should be given special attention. Careful negotiation with the prosecution is required, and a solid defense must be presented to the Court on your behalf.
Some types of crimes are automatically defined as a felony, but in DUI matters, you may wind up facing felony charges in one of a few ways. Here are the top three ways a DUI can turn into a felony:
- Three DUI arrests in 10 years will result in felony charges.
- A fourth DUI will be classified as a third degree felony.
- For DUI cases that cause serious bodily injury, the case will be filed as a felony rather than a misdemeanor.
Depending on the other facts of your case, you may be considered a habitual offender or a “violent” felon. These classifications can be damaging to your driving record, or land you in jail for a significant period of time. A well-thought out and executed defense is your best bet for avoiding these harsh consequences. We have experience helping people with all forms of DUI cases, including felony DUI, and are here to help you too! Call our office today to learn more.
For more information about DUI, call our office today. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.