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Most San Diego DUI charges are classified as “misdemeanors”. However, there are particular circumstances where a drunk-driving charge will be classified as a “felony”. Felony DUI cases are increasingly complex and the penalties associated with a conviction are severe. DUIs causing an injury and/or vehicular homicide cases may all be classified as felony offenses. Accidents resulting in an injury to a person(s) other than the driver arrested for DUI are the most serious and complicated driving under the influence cases a lawyer with a great deal of experience handling DUIs will handle. An attorney who’s practice is not 100% focused on DUI Defense and not intimately familiar with the cases and processes involved, can make fatal flaws resulting in long-lasting negative effects for the client.
California Highway Patrol and San Diego Police agencies are directed by their respective agency’s policy to charge any DUI arrest involving an accident and injury to another person as a “felony”. Every DUI arrest involving an injury will trigger at least two (2) felony DUI charges. The first felony DUI charge is for driving under the influence causing injury in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23153, subdivision (a). The second DUI charge is for driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or greater causing injury in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23153, subdivision (b). Each of these felony charges carry a statutory bail of $50,000. Accordingly, the total bail for a person arrested for DUI causing injury in San Diego is a minimum of $100,000.
A felony DUI charge can result in years in jail or state prison not to mention loss of privilege to drive. If you are facing a felony DUI charge do not waste another second and contact our San Diego drunk driving lawyers immediately and set up a free face to face consultation.
Whether you have been charged or arrested for a San Diego DUI, Poway DUI, La Mesa DUI, Santee DUI, Mission Valley DUI, Clairemont DUI, Point Loma DUI, La Jolla DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Mira Mesa DUI, Pacific Beach DUI, Del Mar DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Encinitas DUI, Oceanside DUI, Ocean Beach DUI, Escondido DUI, Vista DUI, San Marcos DUI, Carlsbad DUI or El Cajon DUI, if you’re looking for San Diego’s Best DUI Defense Attorney, you must speak with Attorney Chris Sohovich as soon as possible. Attacking DUIs is what we do best.
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