Delaware Felony DUI Laws
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is illegal in every state including Delaware. If you have a blood alcohol level (BAC) above .08, you face a DUI or DWI arrest. 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 with more severe consequences.
What Is A Felony DUI?
Misdemeanor DUI’s differ from Felony DUI charges in several ways in Delaware. First of all, a felony driving under the influence charge typically involves one or more of the following:
- Property damage of some sort or injury to one or more people
- Bodily harm or wrongful death
- 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 serve jail time.
What To Do In Case Of A Felony DUI
A felony drunk driving conviction can and will alter the course of your life. You can expect to put your life on hold while you recover or serve your jail term. There are also many other lingering issues to resolve 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 become a felony, call the criminal defense experts in Delaware. If you have been charged with a DUI anywhere in Kent or Sussex County, Delaware, contact the Law Offices of Murry, Phillips & Gay at (302) 855-9300. 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.