For the most part, DUI charges are typically misdemeanors and involve various penalties and fines. There are instances where a DUI charge can be a felony. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, the driver could face lengthy jail time when the charge is elevated to a felony.
Schnipper Law, P.C. is one of the most experienced and effective law firms in Atlanta, Georgia when it comes to defending charges of DUI and other vehicular crimes. Attorney David M. Schnipper, Esquire does not settle for simply working hard on a case. Mr. Schnipper knows how a felony charge can change your life if convicted. That’s why he does everything aggressively for clients facing any type of felony charge.
What Leads to a Felony DUI Charge?
The following circumstances most often lead to a felony DUI charge:
● DUI that causes serious harm: This felony charge can land the defendant in jail for no more than five years and a fine of no more than $5,000.
● The overall number of DUI charges: The number of DUI charges and convictions on a driver’s record can lead to felony charges. Are you facing a fourth conviction in 10 years? You could be sentenced to as much as five years in jail and as much as $5,000 in fines.
● Vehicular homicide: You could face anywhere from three to 15 years in jail and tens of thousands of dollars in fines if your reckless driving leads to the death of someone else.
● DUI manslaughter: If someone died because you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol you could wind up spending dozens of years in prison.
You could also face additional penalties if you were driving on a suspended or revoked license when arrested for DUI or if you had a blood alcohol level over a specified amount of if you had a child with you in the car. A felony DUI charge not only leads to lengthier prison sentences and heftier fines but you could also have your license permanently revoked.
You Need an Aggressive Defense
When facing a DUI felony charge in Atlanta you need to go with an attorney who will provide an aggressive defense to the charges. Call the office of Schnipper Law, P.C. today at 404-465-2878 to schedule a consultation. Mr. Schnipper pulls from his decades of experience practicing criminal defense law when representing every one of his clients, including those facing felony DUI charges.