Misdemeanor / Felony
Most individuals arrested for a DUI have numerous concerns. What is the criminal penalty associated with
a conviction? Will I have to go to jail? Will I lose my license? If you plead guilty to a DUI or are found
guilty and it is your first offense, in most circumstances the DUI is a misdemeanor charge.
Misdemeanors are crimes that typically punishable in jail for up to one year. Misdemeanor offenses are considered
less serious criminal offenses.
Felony offenses are punishable by incarceration in a penitentiary. Felony offenses are very serious and will
significantly affect your future.
If you were involved in accident that caused serious injuries or death, the DUI charge in all likelihood a
felony offense. The prosecuting agency will want you to serve a lengthy prison sentence. If you have multiple
DUI convictions in your history, the prosecutor may upgrade the offense to a felony. There will be mandatory
minimum sentences associated with a felony DUI.
The current state of DUI law is harsher jail terms for DUI offenders. However, your local DUI attorney will be
familiar with the judges, prosecutors and the local court procedures. Your local DUI attorney will use his
experience to navigate these dangerous times to attempt to lessen the impact from this DUI charge.
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