Drug DWI or DUI arrests are often charged as misdemeanors, especially if it is your first arrest. But, there are instances where you could be charged with a felony, too. The punishments for a misdemeanor are much lighter than that of a felony. If charged with a felony, then you could face more than a year in prison and detrimental fines.
DWI laws can vary, but if you are arrested for a DUI, it could turn into a felony if:
Your DWI Led to Injury or Death
A normal DUI arrest is usually charged as a misdemeanor, but if you were arrested because you caused injuries or death to another driver while under the influence, your case could be bumped up to a felony charge. For example, vehicular manslaughter is a felony crime that could result in several years in prison, and you could also be sued by the victim’s family in civil court.
Your DWI Was on a Suspended License
If you had a restricted or suspended license, or no license at all, then your misdemeanor could easily move to a felony charge. Driving while under the influence with no valid license is typically punished with several years in prison and heavy fines. Again, in this instance you may also face civil court penalties.
This Isn’t Your First Arrest
If you have been convicted in the past with a DWI, then you may find yourself facing a felony charge versus a misdemeanor. Florida courts do not take DWI cases lightly and the more offenses you have on your criminal records, the harsher they will be – especially if you have multiple charges within a 10-year period.
Do I Need a Felony Attorney?
Even if this is your first DWI arrest, you should contact a skilled criminal attorney. The team at Anderson O’Sullivan & Associates can help protect your rights and prevent you from going to jail for years for a DWI arrest. The criminal defense law team at Anderson O’Sullivan & Associates dedicates all their time, efforts, and resources to fight for the rights and defense of their clients, regardless of the case or charges.
Do not wait to contact a Miami DUI Attorney. Call our lawyers today for a free case evaluation today. The team will review your case in detail and discuss any legal options, and will work tirelessly to achieve the best legal outcome.
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