Misdemeanor vs. Felony DUI Charges
Answers from Our Walnut Creek DUI Defense Lawyer
Most DUIs are charged as misdemeanors. If this is your first, second, or even third offense then your case is most likely filed as a misdemeanor. There are, however, some circumstances in which drunk driving will be considered a felony in the state of California—exposing the accused to serious consequences.
If you have been charged with felony DUI, it is absolutely crucial that you seek proven, dedicated counsel ready to protect your rights and future. At Thomas Daly Law, A Professional Corporation, our Walnut Creek DUI defense attorney has handled hundreds of criminal cases, including many drunk driving offenses. We know what it takes to protect the best interests of our clients and are not afraid to enter the courtroom in order to do so.
Do not let these allegations against you go unanswered. Contact us today to request a free case evaluation.
When Is DUI a Felony?
In California, there are three circumstances in which drunk driving can be considered a felony. These are instances in which lawmakers believe that the accused has demonstrated that they are a significant threat to themselves and others.
Drunk driving can be considered a DUI when:
- It is the accused's fourth (or subsequent) drunk driving charge
- It is believed that the accused was responsible for a dangerous collision
- It is determined that the accused has a prior felony DUI conviction
Felony DUIs can carry severe consequences including prison time. The maximum penalty for a typical felony DUI is a prison sentence of 3 years. Most times, however, our clients will not serve any actual prison time. Thanks to sentencing laws and Attorney Daly's application of them to his cases most clients serve, at most: jail time and a probation period.
A compelling defense requires swift action. Call Thomas Daly Law, A Professional Corporation at (925) 208-4801 today.