West Palm Beach Felony DUI Charge Attorneys
Zealous advocacy after a serious drunk driving arrest
Driving while under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime in Florida. You can be charged with a DUI if you are pulled over and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is at .08 percent or higher. The consequences of a DUI charge are severe, especially if it is deemed to be a felony. If you have been charged with a felony drunk driving offense, you need the reliable representation and passionate advocacy of Scott Skier, DUI defense attorney at The Skier Law Firm, P.A. in West Palm Beach. I use our skill and knowledge to fight to have your charges reduced or dropped.
When is a DUI considered a felony?
In Florida, a first DUI is usually considered a misdemeanor. However, any DUI conviction may be considered a felony if:
- It is your third DUI within ten years. This is a third-degree felony.
- It is your fourth or more DUI, regardless of when they occurred. This is a third-degree felony.
- Your DUI led to serious injury of another person. This is a third-degree felony.
- Your DUI led to the death of another person. DUI manslaughter is a first- or second-degree felony.
We can help you understand what type of charges you may be facing, and then work with you to develop a DUI defense.
What are the penalties of a felony DUI?
The consequences of a felony DUI conviction can have a major impact on your life. The penalties vary based on the circumstances and what number offense it is.
The penalties for a felony third offense are as follows:
- Up to 12 months in prison
- Impounded vehicle for 90 days
- A fine of a minimum $2,000 and a maximum $5,000
- Driver’s license suspension for a minimum 10 years
- Mandatory two year ignition interlock device
The penalties for a felony fourth DUI offense include:
- Up to five years in prison
- Lifetime license revocation
- A fine of a minimum $2,000
If your BAC is .15 percent or higher, or if there are children in your car, you will be charged with an aggravated DUI. The penalties for an aggravated DUI include:
- Your maximum prison time increases by three months.
- Your fine will double.
- You will be required to have an ignition interlock device.
- If a child is in the car, you may be charged with child neglect.
In addition, any of these charges may also come with probation, mandatory DUI School, substance abuse counseling and community service.
With the help of an experienced attorney, you may be able to get these penalties lessened or eliminated. I am able to handle even the most serious DUI charges.
Call today to speak to skilled felony DUI defense attorneys in West Palm Beach
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Florida, do not hesitate – get help from The Skier Law Firm, P.A. today. Call 561-820-1508 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our West Palm Beach, Florida office.