A felony DUI charge can be filed against you if it is believed that you were operating your vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that you caused an injury accident or fatality. The repercussions of a conviction can be extensive, including up to 10 years in state prison.
You can also be facing felony DUI charges if you have 1 earlier felony DUI conviction, or if you have 4 or more DUI charges within a look-back period of 10 years from the date of the current charges. State law increases penalties for those who are repeat offenders.
If you are accused of a felony DUI, you need legal representation immediately. A skilled trial attorney should get involved in the case, as it may be possible to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor or to identify errors in the case that could lead to a full dismissal of charges.
The first and most important aspect of fighting a felony DUI is to exercise your right to remain silent. Say nothing until your attorney arrives to protect you. It is possible that there are such serious flaws in police procedure that the charges could be dropped completely. Get a full review of all the evidence, testing procedures, type of blood or breath test administered, and the initial police stop and arrest procedure.
The only way to ensure that you are not steamrollered on a felony DUI is to have an aggressive trial lawyer on your side. Get help at once from a San Jose DUI defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Adam Allen Arant, Esq.