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Southern California Felony DUI – Potential Consequences

If you are charged with driving under the influence under California Vehicle Code §23153 (a) or (b), you are facing a felony DUI charge. The potential consequences of a felony charge will be more severe than the consequences for a misdemeanor DUI charge.

One of the penalties for a felony DUI conviction is a fine. DUI fines range from $390 to $1000, and because felony DUI charges are more serious in nature, the fine assessed will likely be closer to the high end of the range. In addition to a fine, the court will also assess additional fees and court costs to the penalty. These additional DUI fees and costs can bring the $1,000 fine up to nearly $4,500 when all is said and done. Because these fees can add up quickly, it’s important to speak with an experienced DUI and criminal defense attorney who can negotiate with the court. By presenting a strong defense, a skilled DUI defense attorney may persuade the court to reduce the fees.

DUI Conviction Non-Financial Penalties

Just as with misdemeanor DUI cases, the court will ask those convicted of a felony DUI to complete alcohol rehabilitation and education classes. Since a felony is a more serious charge than a misdemeanor, conviction of a felony DUI will require you to complete a longer rehab or education program than if you were convicted of a misdemeanor DUI.

Along with any fines and education classes, formal probation will generally be a part of the final sentence for felony DUI. This type of probation generally lasts from three to five years. Unlike informal probation, formal probation requires you to check in with a probation officer who will monitor your behavior during the probationary period.

Jail time is often imposed for felony DUI cases. The prosecution has discretion to propose between 0-6 months jail time for first time DUI offenders. If you have prior offenses or other aggravating circumstances, the amount of jail time will likely increase because of those factors.

Strong DUI Defense

A felony DUI conviction is a serious mark on what becomes a permanent criminal record. The penalties and fines may fall towards the harsher end of the range established by legislation. Fortunately, there is often room for negotiation of your DUI case based on the specific facts of the case. Only a knowledgeable DUI defense lawyer understands the complex DUI laws and how to negotiate on your behalf while fighting for your rights.

The skilled criminal defense attorneys at Hoffman & Associates have successfully fought for the rights and reputations of clients facing DUI charges for over 30 years. We can represent you in any California courtroom and are happy to explain your options based on the facts of your case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and put our decades of experience to work fighting for you!