A felony DUI charge is one of the more serious crimes prosecuted in Pasadena and Los Angeles County. When another party involved in a collision is moderately or severely injured, the Pasadena District Attorney will likely file a felony DUI charge against you, even if it is your first offense DUI. If you are convicted of a felony DWI/ DUI, you could be facing a few years in the California state prison, and be responsible for paying large fines and penalties. If you have been unfortunate enough to have received three or more prior misdemeanor DUI convictions, or just one prior felony conviction, then your fourth offense DUI will be filed as a felony, even if there was no accident and no injuries.
Pasadena DUI defense attorney Ann Gottesman provides experienced, compassionate and aggressive criminal defense and DUI defense representation to those charged with felony DUI charges in Pasadena and surrounding Los Angeles cities. Ann is dedicated to achieving the best possible results for her clients and personally handles her cases, unlike attorneys from some larger firms. When you are faced with the most frightening and stressful time in your life, you want the attorney that you believe in--the attorney you trust--the attorney you hired, to fight for you in court. Unfortunately, at some large firms, a client initially meets the lead attorney when they hire the firm, but that attorney then hands the case off to a lower level associate who will be the one investigating the case and going to court.
"I am a sole practitioner, so I handle EVERY CASE. If I can't personally handle your case, then I won't take your case. Personal attention and full dedication to my clients and his/her criminal case is my first concern. When you hire the Law Office of Ann Gottesman, you are hiring ME, not a paralegal or low level associate. I make myself available to my clients 7 days a week and most evenings so my clients never get an "answering service" when they have an important question." Ann
Misdemeanor Vs. Felony DUI Charges in Los Angeles
A DUI that results in injury can be filed either as a misdemeanor or a felony. This is known as a “wobbler”. In Los Angeles, most DUI offenses are charged as misdemeanors if it is a first offense or a second or even third offense (with no injuries). Even if there are serious injuries, if the accused was not at fault for the accident, then unless the accused has three or more priors, or a felony prior, the new DUI would have to be filed as a misdemeanor. Injuries to a victim can only elevate a misdemeanor DUI to a felony DUI if it can be proven that the defendant was the one at fault for the accident.
Felony DUI Penalties
If charged with a misdemeanor DUI offense, you face up to a maximum of 365 days in the county jail, while a felony DUI charge can bring up to 3 years in the California state prison (or an additional 3 years consecutive, if there is great bodily injury). There may be large fines and restitution as well. As explained above, causing an accident while driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, could result in the District Attorney charging you with a DUI with injury even if it your first offense DUI. Thus, a felony DUI conviction can expose you to a maximum of 6 years in prison, large fines, and restitution.
Even if there are no injuries and no accident, a person with a prior felony DUI conviction within the past 10 years, or three or more prior misdemeanor DUI convictions can result in the DA charging you with a Felony DUI. A non-injury felony DUI conviction exposes one to a maximum of 3 years in prison. It can also result in the revocation of your driving privileges for up to 4 years.
Contact an Experienced DUI Lawyer Now
DUI lawyer Ann Gottesman will thoroughly investigate your DUI case to determine the best possible defense and course of action. Ann will fight the DMV and use the power of the subpoena to obtain evidence quickly through the DMV--often times this results in being able to obtain the police report prior to the first day of court!
You only have 10 days from the date of the arrest to contest the DMV suspension, so it is important to start fighting your case at the earliest time possible.
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a Felony DUI in Los Angeles or Pasadena, Call Ann today for a FREE and confidential consultation.