DUI Felony Charges in California

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The California Penal Code defines DUI as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is a misdemeanor if someone is impaired by alcohol or drugs to a level where he or she cannot safely operate a vehicle. This includes having a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. However, a person who drives while intoxicated may face additional penalties depending on the circumstances.

 

 

 

 

Yes, it is. A person who has been convicted of DUI may face jail time and fines. In addition, they may lose their license and be required to attend alcohol treatment programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In California, DUIs are considered felonies. If you have been convicted of DUI, you may face serious penalties including jail time, fines, license suspension, community service, alcohol treatment programs, and probation. In addition, if you have had two or more prior convictions for DUI, you could be charged with a third offense and face even harsher penalties.

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

DUI charges do not carry any criminal record. However, if you are convicted of DUI, you will receive a court-imposed fine, points added to your driving record, and possible restrictions placed on your driver’s license. You may also be required to complete a DUI education course.

 

 

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If you are arrested for DUI, you will likely be taken to jail. There, you will be given a breathalyzer test. If you fail the test, you will be charged with DUI. Your blood alcohol content (BAC) level at the time of arrest will determine whether you are charged with misdemeanor or felony DUI. A BAC between 0.08% and 0.15% is considered a misdemeanor; anything over.15% is considered a felony.

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

You cannot be arrested for DUI unless you are actually operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police officers cannot legally conduct field sobriety tests on people who are not operating vehicles.

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

If you refuse to take a chemical test after being arrested for DUI, you may lose your license for 90 days. If you refuse to submit to a chemical test, you will be subject to additional penalties, including having your license suspended for six months.

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

A person cannot be arrested for DUI if they are not operating a motor vehicle. Officers cannot legally conduct field sobrietiy tests on people who are walking down the street.

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

If you have three or more previous DUI convictions, you will be charged as a habitual offender. Habitual offenders are subject to increased penalties, including longer jail sentences and higher fines.

 

 

 

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