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Felony DUI convictions often lead to jail time in California

Dale Gribow Feb. 14, 2015

In Palm Desert, police officers have pulled over many drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some drivers will face felony DUI charges, which may lead to more serious penalties than misdemeanor DUI charges. Drivers who are convicted of a felony DUI will likely face at least one year in state prison. Their voting rights, gun rights and other freedoms may also be impacted.

In California, there are three circumstances in which a DUI may be charged as a felony. If the driver has a prior felony DUI conviction or has three prior DUI convictions in the past 10 years and is facing a fourth DUI, he may be charged with a felony DUI. A driver can also face a felony DUI if the DUI is related to an accident where someone was injured or killed.

While all DUI charges are serious, being charged with a felony DUI can be especially difficult to deal with. Seeking qualified legal representation can be very beneficial to help manage your case. The attorneys at Dale Gribow Attorney at Law will thoroughly look over the details of your arrest and come up with the best defense strategy possible.

Many drivers facing DUI charges have had their constitutional rights violated in some way due to mistakes made by police officers at the scene. When that happens, charges may be reduced or even dropped. It also may be possible to negotiate with prosecutors for reduced charges. For more information, please visit our felony DUI web page.