San Francisco Felony DUI Attorney
Charges and Penalties Associated with Felony DUI
Felony DUI is a heightened charge that is imposed on an accused driver for a variety of different reasons that would contribute to the overall element of danger and recklessness that regularly accompanies drunk-driving offenses. When a misdemeanor is graduated to a felony DUI, the potential penalties increase substantially. As intimidating as a felony DUI may be, charges and trial procedures pale in comparison to the reality of conviction. An experienced San Francisco criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in an otherwise unwinnable felony DUI defense.
Felony DUI convictions carry an increased minimum jail or prison sentence of 180 days to 1 year with fines ranging up to $3,000. 4-year license suspensions contribute to ongoing financial or social hardships, although the offender may apply for a special restricted drivers' license after one year of suspension has been satisfied. Where lesser convictions may introduce the option of the ignition interlock device, felony DUI requires the ignition interlock device in addition to successful completion of a driving under the influence program. Each and every one of these penalties has consequences that can have a devastating, long-lasting impact that can possibly be avoided with the right legal representation.
Felony DUI Defense Lawyer in San Francisco
The criminal defense law firm of Okabe & Haushalter consists of a team of accomplished legal professionals who have dedicated their lives to the advocacy of defendants' rights throughout California. Our firm has a great depth of experience in a variety of areas within criminal law. For CUI charges, our approach includes an aggressive defense strategy that targets errors on the part of law enforcement or the prosecution as well as potentially defective blood alcohol testing equipment and more. We are passionate about the work we do for our clients, and have proudly achieved favorable results in many high-profile and traditional cases throughout our years of practice.
If your DUI charge has been upgraded to a felony based on the specifics of the alleged crime, contact a San Francisco felony DUI attorney who can provide you with the assistance you need.