WHEN A DUI CHARGE IS A FELONY

Posted on: August 26, 2015 by in DUI
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California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b)

Orange County DUI lawyerYou can conceivably be charged with what the courts in California call a “Watson murder” – a second-degree murder charge – if you cause someone’s death while you are driving under the influence. DUI is typically a misdemeanor in California, but even without a fatality, there are several ways that a DUI violation can be charged as a felony. If you are accused of either felony or misdemeanor DUI now or in the future in southern California, contact an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer as quickly as possible.

In California, if you have three DUI convictions and you are charged with the crime for a fourth time – within a ten-year timeframe – that fourth DUI charge will be a felony charge. “Wet reckless” convictions are considered DUI convictions when counting prior offenses. If you have previously been convicted of a felony DUI – at any time – and you are charged again with DUI, you’ll again face a felony charge. If you cause an accident while driving under the influence and that accident results in a death, you can be charged with vehicular homicide or with the second-degree “Watson” murder. There’s no better reason to take a taxi or to find some other alternative to driving under the influence.

In Orange County, if you’re charged with driving under the influence under California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b) – as a misdemeanor or as a felony – retain the advice and services of a good DUI defense attorney immediately. You can go to jail for a year in this state for a conviction on the misdemeanor charge alone, so having legal representation is imperative. A good DUI attorney knows how to challenge blood test results and the testimony of prosecution witnesses. No result can ever be promised regarding the outcome of any criminal case, but savvy DUI attorneys win cases routinely for their clients in southern California, and when the evidence against a client is overwhelming, DUI attorneys help arrange for reduced or alternative sentencing. If you’re charged with DUI in Orange County, don’t wait – call an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer right away.

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