Imagine you are out to dinner with your family to celebrate a birthday.
During the course of the meal, you have consumed a few glasses of wine,
but have been careful to drink water and eat food also. On the way home,
you find yourself seeing red and blue lights in the rearview mirror. You
pull over and the police office accuses you of
driving under the influence. As unexpected as this may seem, many people in San Diego find themselves
in this exact scenario every single week. It is during this time that
our trusted San Diego DUI attorney,
Mark R. De Yoe, can help guide you through the DUI process including one of the most
important questions you my ask:
Is my DUI a felony conviction?
Driving under the influence can carry a range of
penalties, including time behind bars, fines, loss of your driver’s license,
but the kinds of sentencing you may be facing depends on the criminal
charge that has been leveled against you. In general, drunk driving in
California is considered a misdemeanor crime but there are certain situations
where your DUI can turn into a
You can be charged with felony DUI if:
Another person was
injured or died as a result of your DUI;
three or more DUI or wet reckless convictions within 10 years; or
- You have previously been convicted of a felony.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor DUI and a
felony DUI? Importantly, the level of penalties you may be facing. A felony drunk
driving charge in San Diego has you looking at sentencing starting at
16 months to three years in prison, up to $1,000 in fines, four year
revocation of your driver’s license, and being labeled a Habitual Traffic Offender by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
In addition, you may find yourself on probation, being asked to attend
drug or alcohol treatment programs, participating in the Mothers Against
Drunk Driving Victim Impact Program,
restitution payments to victims, installation of an
ignition interlock device on your vehicle, and more.
Contact Attorney De Yoe For The Help You Need Now
With over 30 years of experience serving San Diego, the DUI defense lawyer
at Mark R. De Yoe, APLC has
successfully defended numerous clients against felony DUI charges, including one client facing
their fourth DUI with a blood alcohol content of .18. Attorney De Yoe
was able to recover house arrest and alcohol treatment, allowing them
to save their business career and turn their life around.
Wondering if our firm is right for you?
Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and how our San Diego DUI lawyer
can fight for you.