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Felony DUI Lawyer in Santa Monica

What makes DUI a felony?

DUI is a criminal offense that is commonly charged as a misdemeanor.  It certain cases, it can become a felony and there is a third category of charge known as a "wobbler".  A wobbler is a DUI crime that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances of the incident and how a prosecutor wants to proceed.  A knowledgeable Santa Monica DUI attorney can review the charges against you to determine what you will likely be charged with and what a viable defense of those charges may be.

Typically, there are several circumstances in which a DUI will be charged as a felony.  If your DUI arrest involved bodily injury to another, it will be charged as a felony.  If you have prior DUI convictions (commonly three or more) you will face felony charges.  Additionally, when a DUI incident results in the death of another, such as in manslaughter, felony charges will result.  The penalties for felony DUI are harsher than those for a misdemeanor charge and this is where our firm Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP works to produce the best defense under the law for our clients.

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Any DUI conviction may result in fines, community service, suspension of your driver's license and other penalties.  Misdemeanor convictions can bring about incarceration in jail for up to one year.  Felonies, however, can be punished by many years in prison.  Being convicted on felony charges can drastically change your life for years to come.  

Felony DUI charges can be successfully defended, depending on what occurred in the incident and on the knowledge and skill of your attorney.  Prosecutors must prove beyond reasonable doubt that you violated an existing law, other than intoxicated driving statutes, in order to have caused the accident.  They must show there was bodily injury to another person.  Finally, they have to prove that the accident was, in fact, the cause of the injury.  Our investigation of the accident site, police reports and witness statements may illustrate that the prosecution cannot fulfill the requirements of the law.

When you are facing felony DUI charges, it is time to contact a Felony DUI Lawyer in Santa Monica to mount a successful defense on your behalf.

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