Getting caught drunk driving is a problem for more than one reason. It not only means you could have your license taken away, but also that you could end up facing time in jail or have to go through substance abuse classes. You could face fines or be forced to use an ignition interlock device.
Depending on the number of times you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you could face a felony charge. If this is your fourth DUI in 10 years, you will be charged with a felony in most cases. You could lose your license for up to four years and face up to seven years in prison. The fine for a fourth offense is typically up to $14,000.
If you cause a crash that results in the death of an unborn child, you face as many as 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. You also face a 15-year revocation of your license. For any other fatal accident, you face the same penalties and a 10-year revocation of your license.
Causing harm to an adult leads to three years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. You also could lose your license for two years. For crashes that result in injuries to an unborn child, you face five years in prison and a $10,000 fine with a six-year revocation.
In cases in which you cause bodily harm that is not considered to be substantial, you face only a year in prison and a $3,000 fine, since the arrest will be for a gross misdemeanor.
These are just some of the things you need to know about felony DUIs. If you have been arrested in the past, it’s in your best interests to work with someone familiar with your case and background. Our website has more information.