Felony DUI

California Vehicle Code Sections 23153, 23550, 23550.6

Felony DUIs are costly, expose you to prison, and can result in the loss of your driver's license for a prolonged period of time, or indefinitely. At Hamasaki Law, we will guide you through the process from the moment we are contacted until your matter is resolved. We will spend the time with you explaining various options and strategies and we will work together to determine the best approach to fighting your case. Contact the attorneys at Hamasaki Law to discuss your case and let us help you through the process.

There are 3 types of felony DUIs:

  1. Causing Injury or Death
    If another person suffers injury or death because you were driving under the influence and committed an additional vehicle code violation or drove in a negligent way, you can be charged with a felony DUI. A felony DUI can be charged one of three ways:

    • Driving under the influence causing injury
    • DUI vehicular manslaughter
    • DUI second-degree murder

  2. Multiple Convictions

    If you have three or more prior DUI convictions within the last ten years, you can be charged with a felony DUI. Prior offenses include any of the following:

    • California DUI
    • California "wet reckless"
    • Out-of-state conviction that, if committed in California, would be the equivalent of a DUI

  3. Prior Felony DUI

    If you have at least one prior felony DUI and commit another DUI, even a simple misdemeanor DUI, you will be charged with a felony. Common scenarios when this might occur include:

    • Prior DUI caused injury or death and was charged a felony
    • Prior DUI charged as felony because you had multiple prior DUI convictions