Are DUIs Felony Charges Or Misdemeanors?
When you are caught driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than 0.08%, you will receive a DUI in the state of New Jersey. DUIs are serious charges and can result in jail time and hefty fines. In today’s post, we’ll look at the differences between types of DUIs and when they can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor.
If you have been charged with a DUI, it is important that you have a strong and experienced DUI lawyer on your side. At the Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards, we will work diligently with you to ensure that you get a fair hearing and we will do our best to reduce your punishment whenever possible. Contact Mr. Rickards today to learn more or to set up a meeting.
Felony vs. Misdemeanor
The first thing to understand is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor. In misdemeanor cases, individuals will have to pay a fine and can sometimes face jail time. However, this jail time is generally in time increments less than a year. For this jail time, it is served in local jail rather than federal prison.
If you are charged with a felony, the fines are much higher and the jail time is also much longer. This jail time will be served in state or federal prison, depending on the severity of the crime. Additionally, anyone who is convicted of a felony cannot possess firearms or be employed in some professions.
Types of DUIs
In most cases, DUIs are considered misdemeanor charges. While the convicted individual may serve a small amount of time in jail initially, the general punishment is large fines. The punishments can increase for repeat offenders or if the BAC is at a much higher level.
In some cases, DUIs can be charged as felony crimes. This is usually when the driving resulted in the loss of life or property damage due to a wreck and careless or reckless driving.
For both types of charges, the person convicted is entitled to have a DUI attorney defend them. In misdemeanors, the proceedings can be expedited, but the trial is just like any other kind of trial. In the case of a felony DUI case, the accused has the right to a trial by a jury. While anyone can defend themselves in these cases, it is not recommended as it is highly unlikely that they will receive the optimal outcome in the case.
Get An Experienced DUI Lawyer On Your Side
If you have recently been charged with a DUI — either a misdemeanor or a felony — getting an experienced lawyer on your side will be imperative to reducing your charges as much as possible. Get in touch with the Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards today to learn how we can help you in your DUI case. With years of experience in DUI law in New Jersey, Mr. Rickards will give your case the attention and expertise that you need. We look forward to helping you soon!