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What factors can elevate a DUI to a felony offense?

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2020 | Firm News |

Facing criminal charges involving drunk driving is a threat to your future and your personal freedoms. You know how important it is to protect your interests through a strong defense strategy, especially if the charge against you is a felony DUI. This is a serious offense, and the penalties associated with a felony can change the course of your life.

There are certain factors that can elevate a misdemeanor DUI to a felony DUI. In addition to the possibility of spending time behind bars, you may also face consequences that include large fines and a mark on your criminal record that can affect the rest of your life. Fortunately, a conviction or guilty plea is not your only option. With the right legal support, you can effectively confront a felony DUI charge.

What makes a DUI a felony?

In Virginia, a DUI can be a felony offense if it is your first, second or subsequent drunk driving offense. There are other factors that may elevate what would normally be a misdemeanor offense to a felony offense, including the following: 

  • High BAC – A person can face arrest for drunk driving if he or she has a blood alcohol content of .08% of higher. However, extremely high BAC levels could elevate the charges against you.
  • Fatal or serious injuries – A DUI could be a felony offense if you caused an drunk driving accident that left another person with fatal or serious injuries.
  • Previous convictions – A DUI could be a felony if there are certain types of convictions already on your criminal record or you get a DUI with an already suspended or revoked license.

Due to the serious nature of the charges you are facing, you will find it beneficial to reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. Your future, your reputation and your very freedom are at stake, but with a strong defense, you may be able to preserve your interests

Your defense can start now

You can start fighting the DUI charges against you as soon as you can make a phone call after an arrest. It’s possible there are weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you or problems with the evidence in your case. A thorough evaluation of your situation can help you understand how to fight back against a felony DUI and protect your long-term interests and opportunities.

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