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What is a felony DUI?

If you have been arrested in California for driving under the influence of alcohol, you may be facing misdemeanor or felony charges. Misdemeanors generally carry more lenient penalties than felonies because they are considered less severe crimes. According to the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, a DUI is generally a felony if you have been convicted of driving under the influence three times before or if during the incident someone was injured or killed. This means that not all felony DUIs will involve injures or accidents.

You can be found guilty of a DUI charge if you have more than the legal limit of alcohol in your blood system. This is tested through your blood alcohol content. It cannot be over .08 percent. Even if you feel fine and do not think your driving is impaired in any way, a BAC of .08 percent or more can result in a DUI. In addition, you could also be found guilty of a DUI if you have any alcohol in your system and were pulled over by law enforcement for impaired driving. So, you do not always have to be over the legal limit to get a DUI; you simply have to exhibit signs that alcohol is affecting your ability to drive safely.

If you are facing a felony DUI charge, you may be sentenced to some prison time. In addition, the court may levy fines against you of $1000 or more. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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