Delaware Felony DUI Laws
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is illegal in every state including Delaware. If your blood alcohol level (BAC) is above .08 you may be charged with a DUI or DWI. Depending on the circumstances of your DUI it may ultimately become a felony or misdemeanor. Each is serious but a felony DUI is exponentially more serious and the consequences are much more severe.
What Is A Felony DUI?
Misdemeanor DUI’s differ from Felony DUI charges in several ways in Delaware. A felony driving under the influence typically involves one or more of the following:
1. Property damage of some sort or injury to one or more people
2. Bodily harm or wrongful death
3. Multiple DUI’s in short period of time
Legal Penalty Differences Between Felony vs. Misdemeanor DUI
A misdemeanor DUI can result in fines, court fees, attorney fees, and probation. A misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanor DUI’s can sometimes be reduced to reckless driving, reckless driving alcohol related. They can also offer you a rehabilitation or treatment program if you express the need for help with your drinking. If you are convicted of a felony DUI the punishment is much more severe. It can result in an extended jail or prison sentence, probation, much more expensive legal and attorneys fees. If you killed someone during the accident you will be sentenced to prison.
What To Do In Case Of A Felony DUI
A felony drunk driving conviction can and will alter the course of your life. Aside from having to live with what you have done to another person your life can be put on hold while you recover or serve your jail term. There are also many other lingering issues that must be resolved in order to have the conviction put behind you. At a minimum, you should consult with a qualified Delaware Felony Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer.
Contact A Delaware Felony DUI Attorney
Don’t let a misdemeanor be charged as a felony, call the criminal defense experts in Delaware. If you have been charged with a DUI anywhere in New Castle, Kent or Sussex County, Delaware contact the Law Offices of Murry, Phillips & Gay. at (302) 855-9300. In Dover dial (302) 697-2499. We have over 20 years handling all types of criminal defense, narcotics defense and drunk driving defense cases. You can also email us by clicking here.