Orange County Felony DUI Lawyer

CALIFORNIA PENAL CODES 23152(a), 23152(b), and 23513

Felony DUI is a relatively rare charge in California. Prosecutors in this state filed more than 208,000 DUI charges in 2009, but only 5,577 were felonies. Nevertheless, California law enforcement authorities – police departments, prosecutors, and judges – take felony DUI very seriously, and you should too. If you face any DUI in southern California, get legal help immediately and call experienced Orange County felony DUI lawyer Simon Budhwani, Esq. A DUI will be charged as a felony in California when:

– it’s your fourth DUI within ten years
– you have a prior felony DUI within the previous ten years
– you are in a collision and another person is injured or killed


A conviction for felony DUI under California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and (b) has several consequences, and none of them are good. The legal penalties a defendant is looking at include:

– 16 to 36 months in prison
– supervised probation for 3 to 5 years
– up to $4,500 in fines, penalties, fees, and assessments
– a 4-year driver’s license revocation
– a 30-month alcohol education program

If you kill or injure someone while driving under the influence, you could serve up to five years in prison under California Vehicle Code 23513. Additionally, a DUI felony conviction will impact your right to vote, your right to own a firearm, and if you’re an immigrant, your right to remain in the United States.


If you are charged with felony DUI, your situation may seem hopeless, but a Orange County felony DUI lawyer can assess your case and suggest your best legal option. Fortunately, there is often room for negotiation based on the specific facts of the case. Sometimes a good attorney can arrange an acceptable plea bargain. Other times, your attorney may decide that your case is strong enough to take to trial. In every case, an experienced Orange County felony DUI lawyer, Simon Budhwani, Esq., will fight aggressively on your behalf for the best possible result. If you’re charged with DUI in southern California – as a felony or as a misdemeanor – now or in the future, get the skilled defense representation you’re going to need, and don’t wait. Call Mr. Budhwani immediately at 714-249-2788 or email us today at: [email protected]