What makes a DUI a felony DUI in California?
June 16, 2011

In California, driving under the influence is against the law. A misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable for up to a year in county jail and possible fines. However, a felony crime is much more serious and will include state prison time that can exceed more than a year.

Usually, a first time DUI is a misdemeanor. However, a first time DUI can be a felony if a person is driving under the influence and is involved in an accident that results in bodily injury. In that case, the person suspected of DUI will be facing harsh consequences if convicted of a DUI. Moreover, if a person has been a habitual offender and continues to be arrested and convicted of a DUI, they can also be charged with a felony DUI.  In California, when a person gets a fifth DUI, it will be charged as a felony since society and the law deems you a danger to other drivers.

If you or a loved one is facing charges for felony driving under the influence, contact our Southern California DUI attorneys at Wallin and Klarich. Wallin & Klarich will help protect your rights and find the best defense strategy for your case. For over 30 years, our attorneys have been helping clients keep their driver’s license and maintain the ability to continue driving. Please call us at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.

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