In California, second and third arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) often result in misdemeanor charges. However, the District Attorney may file felony DUI charges against the accused in cases where:
- A fourth DUI arrest occurs within 10 years of the three prior DUI convictions.
- The accused DUI driver causes injury or death to others.
- Blood-alcohol level at the time of arrest or past driving record requires additional charges.
If you have been arrested for a fourth DUI or a drunk-driving accident that involves injury or death in San Diego County, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at San Diego DUI Attorney are prepared to defend your case. Our lawyers specialize in assisting clients facing felony DUI charges and will provide counsel to reduce the severe penalties or seek a reduction to misdemeanor charges.
The difference between felony and misdemeanor DUI convictions in California is substantial. A felony conviction may result in extremely heavy fines and up to life imprisonment if the case involves severe injury or death.
Penalties for a fourth DUI, not involving an injury accident, may include:
- Up to three years in a California State Prison.
- Fines of up to $1,000.
- Loss of driver’s license for four years.
- An 18-month alcohol education program.
- A DMV designation as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO).
The experienced criminal defense attorneys at San Diego DUI Attorney may help you avoid a potential felony conviction following a fourth DUI arrest. Our team of DUI defense experts specializes in DUI and Criminal Defense Law, serving clients in San Diego, Vista, El Cajon, Oceanside, Chula Vista and other San Diego County communities.
Contact our office today at 619-535-7150 for a FREE DUI consultation.