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Felony DUI: A Serious Crime with Serious Consequences

Posted by Sean Quinlan | Jan 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

A felony DUI is a serious crime with serious consequences. If you are convicted of felony DUI, you could face several years in prison, tens of thousands of dollars in fines, and a lengthy driver's license suspension. In some cases, you may also be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

If you have been arrested for felony DUI, it is important to contact an experienced DUI lawyer immediately. A DUI lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options, and can develop a defense strategy that is tailored to your specific case.

What is a felony DUI?

A felony DUI is a DUI that is considered to be a more serious offense, typically due to aggravating factors such as:

  • Prior DUI convictions
  • A high blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
  • Causing an accident with injuries or fatalities
  • Driving while under the influence with a child in the car
  • Driving while under the influence with a suspended or revoked license

Penalties for felony DUI

The penalties for felony DUI vary from state to state, but they are generally more severe than the penalties for misdemeanor DUI. In most states, the maximum penalty for felony DUI is several years in prison. You may also be required to pay thousands of dollars in fines and court costs.

In addition to the criminal penalties, you will also likely face a lengthy driver's license suspension. In some cases, your license may be suspended for life.

Other consequences of a felony DUI conviction

A felony DUI conviction can also have a number of other negative consequences, such as:

  • Difficulty finding employment
  • Higher insurance rates
  • Difficulty obtaining housing
  • Difficulty obtaining a loan
  • Difficulty traveling to certain countries

Defending against a felony DUI charge

There are a number of defenses that can be used against a felony DUI charge. Some of the most common defenses include:

  • Challenging the accuracy of the breathalyzer or blood test results
  • Arguing that the police did not have probable cause to stop you
  • Arguing that you were not actually impaired at the time of driving
  • Arguing that you had a valid medical reason for driving under the influence

If you have been arrested for felony DUI, it is important to contact an experienced DUI lawyer to discuss your defense options. A DUI lawyer can help you develop a strong defense strategy and can fight for your rights throughout the legal process.

Conclusion

A felony DUI conviction is a serious matter with serious consequences. If you have been arrested for felony DUI, it is important to contact an experienced DUI lawyer immediately. A DUI lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options, and can develop a defense strategy that is tailored to your specific case.

Tips for avoiding a felony DUI charge

If you want to avoid being charged with felony DUI, there are a few things you can do:

  • Never drink and drive.
  • If you have been drinking, find a sober ride home.
  • Be aware of the DUI laws in your state.
  • If you are pulled over by the police, be polite and cooperative.
  • If you are arrested for DUI, do not say anything to the police without first consulting with an attorney.

Contact a DUI lawyer today

If you have been arrested for felony DUI, it is important to contact an experienced DUI lawyer immediately. A DUI lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options, and can develop a defense strategy that is tailored to your specific case.

About the Author

Sean Quinlan

Attorney Quinlan has practiced law in Pennsylvania since 2001. He earned his J.D. at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA, and earned his B.A. at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He also belongs to the Pennsylvania State Bar Associati...

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