If you have been arrested or charged with a felony DUI offense, it is imperative you only hire legal counsel with experience defending felony DUI cases. A felony offense is far more serious than a typical misdemeanor driving under the influence offense. In a felony DUI case, you could be facing up to 5 years or more, depending on the charge, in Florida state prison. The ramifications of a felony DUI conviction are serious and permanent. An arrest for this offense does not equal an automatic conviction, but you will need an experienced Jacksonville felony DUI lawyer to represent you and guide you through the process.
Driving under the influence offenses resulting in third degree felonies include conviction of a 3rd DUI within 10 years of the prior conviction, a 4th or subsequent driving under the influence conviction regardless of when the prior offense occurred, or DUI with serious bodily injury of another person. A DUI manslaughter or vehicular homicide charge may be filed as a second or first-degree felony, depending on the circumstances and facts of the case. Regardless, if you or a loved one is facing a felony DUI charge, do not face it alone. The consequences of a conviction are real and harsh. If you need help with a felony DUI case, contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer at the Law Office of Timothy Armstrong, P.A. today.
A third degree felony carries the penalties of up to $5,000 in fines and up to 5 years incarceration. A second-degree felony offense is subject to a fine up to $10,000 and up to 15 years in jail. A first-degree felony has penalties of up to $10,000 in fines and incarceration up to 30 years. Other penalties may include an approved ignition interlock device that must be installed at your expense on ANY vehicle that you own (or lease individually or jointly), community service, monthly probation visits, completion of a substance abuse course, a DUI course, psychological assessment, and court costs and fees.
If you are convicted of a driving under the influence with serious bodily injury, there is a minimum of three years revocation. If you have previous convictions, depending on the number, the revocation period increases to five to ten years or permanent suspension. If you are convicted of a DUI manslaughter offense, there is a permanent suspension, but you may be eligible for a hardship reinstatement after five years without any other driving under the influence related convictions. Don’t face a felony offense alone. For immediate assistance, contact an experienced Jacksonville DUI Attorney at our law firm today. Call us at 904.356.8618 or fill out our online contact form. Things can get better. Let us help.