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Felony DUI Explained
A felony DUI is a very severe charge and can be extremely devastating to one’s life and family. Because of the seriousness of the charge it is imperative that you seek out a knowledgeable and competent Santa Barbara DUI defense attorney immediately.
There are distinct differences between a misdemeanor and a felony DUI indictment. A felony DUI comprises much more serious circumstances than simply exceeding state blood alcohol limits. Felony DUI points to a driver causing bodily harm to one or more individuals. If a driver is responsible for an accident resulting in injury or death to another, the driver can anticipate felony charges. In addition, some states escalate a DUI from a misdemeanor to a felony if a driver had a prior DUI offense within a certain period of time. This is typically a ten year period, although it depends upon the jurisdiction. If the driver has a previous felony DUI conviction – regardless of time elapsed since the prior conviction — he or she will be charged with a felony DUI again.
The difference in punishment for misdemeanor DUI versus felony DUI is usually the harshness of the sentence. With misdemeanor DUI, you can expect a modest stay in a county jail. With felony DUI, you can expect a longer term – to be served in a state prison depending on the severity of the bodily harm. In addition, there are penalties and fines that can cause considerable financial hardship, as well as the effects a felony conviction can have on your future.
If you are facing a felony DUI charge, contact the Law Office of Kenneth M. Hallum immediately.
A Successful Felony DUI Defense Attorney
With the extensive experience Attorney Hallum has in DUI case, he can provide you with an aggressive and compelling defense for your felony DUI charges. As a former police officer for 22 years, Mr. Hallum has the knowledge and skill needed to fully document and investigate your case so as to prepare a strong defense. Sometimes the evidence can “appear” overwhelming and that is all the more reason to retain a competent and knowledgeable DUI defense lawyer. Mr. Hallum takes great pride and care with every DUI case that he works with which will give you the confidence you need at a time like this. Contact the office today for an initial consultation to discuss your legal options.
If you have been arrested for Felony DUI, contact the Law Office of Kenneth M. Hallum for a free initial consultation.
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