Felony DUI in California

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In most cases in California, driving under the influence is a misdemeanor offense. There are, however, some cases in which the crime is considered more serious and the accused becomes exposed to felony penalties. In these cases, it is crucial that these drivers retain compelling and capable legal representation to navigate their case to the best possible outcome.

At the Law Offices of Mark Girdner, we are well-acquainted with the challenges these defendants face when charged with felony DUI. Our Modesto DUI defense attorney is a former prosecutor with an intimate understanding of our local court system. He has time and time again assisted DUI defendants confront the charges against them and ensured that every avenue towards a reduction or a dismissal was aggressively pursued.

Before you accept a guilty plea, know your defense options. Contact us today to request a free initial consultation.

When is drunk driving a felony?

California statutes provide three specific circumstances in which a DUI can be considered a felony offense. In each case, the state assumes that the accused represents a significant risk to others and thus should be eligible to be charged as a felon.

In California, a DUI charge can be a felony when:

  • Someone is hurt or killed (California Vehicle Code 23513)
  • The defendant has three or more DUI convictions in the last 10 years
  • The defendant has been convicted of felony DUI in the past

A felony DUI conviction can come not only with harsh fines and suspensions, but also significant prison time. To learn more about what consequences you could be facing for your felony DUI charge and how our firm can ensure that you are given every consideration you deserve before the law, call us today.

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