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Felony DUIs

Everybody knows what a DUI is (or have a general idea anyway). Technically, it means driving under the influence, which may be drugs or alcohol. In a few states it is called DUII. However, it is typically associated with being charged with drunken driving.

Generally in most states, DWI is a misdemeanor and carries some jail time, hefty fines, and license suspension for the first-time offender. However, there are conditions when drinking and driving may be considered a felony, and you don’t want that since a felony holds a much higher penalties than misdemeanors.

But maybe not all people detained for drunk driving are actually intoxicated, or there may be extenuating circumstances which can affect the charge.

Drunk driving has been a hot problem in law administration in the last few years. As a result of a large number of DUI-related vehicular accidents, given the chance of even a minor probably cause, drivers are pulled over for a talk and sobriety test. Sometimes referred to as”impaired” driving, 1.4 thousand people in the US are detained every year for drinking and driving.

According to the website of The Law Offices of Mark. T. Lassiter,  a felony DUI may be slapped on you in most cases if you:

  • Have a blood alcohol level (BAC) higher than the legal limit
  • Are a repeat culprit (in a few states a second offense elevates DUI to a felony if the events occur within a certain interval)
  • Caused bodily injury or death to one or more individuals (actually if it is your first violation,)

In case you’ve been charged with a felony DUI, you will need an attorney with a thorough grip of criminal-defense legislation in order to avoid a conviction or at minimum, lessen the charges. The effects of a felony conviction could be life-altering, and every attempt should be built from avoiding it.