Is a DUI Considered a Felony?
If you?ve been arrested for a DUI in Georgia, you may want to immediately know the answer to this question. The DUI lawyers at Duncan Law Firm in Augusta, GA are ready to answer your questions and fight for you.
Generally, most DUI charges are misdemeanor, but there are extenuating circumstances which can upgrade your charge to a more serious, felony offense.
What Makes a DUI a Felony?
A fourth DUI conviction within 10 years may result in felony charges. Also if you have been declared a habitual offender, you may be charged with a felony. Other situations that may result in an upgrade of a DUI charge from a misdemeanor to a felony DUI charge include wrongful death, serious bodily injury, and fleeing from the police. Each case is fact specific so it is important to speak with a DUI lawyer immediately to determine what type of charges you are facing.
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The Sentence for DUIs
A felony conviction will result in a number of severe penalties, including an increased license suspension period, expensive fines, and even time in state prison. In addition, civil liberties that other Americans take for granted?such as voting or owning a gun?can be taken away from you.
With any DUI conviction in GA, you will possibly face a number of penalties such as license suspensions, jail time, fines and you may also be ordered to perform community service and seek treatment for substance abuse.
A DUI conviction can cause you to lose your job or even have problems applying for jobs, obtaining professional licenses and security clearances and can even limit your ability to travel abroad.
Remember, you are only charged with the offense, not convicted. Successfully fighting your charge may be possible and the consequences avoided.
Contact a DUI lawyer at Duncan Law Firm in downtown Augusta, GA today to fight your DUI case.