Guide to Search Results for "Felony DUI" and "Felony Drunk Driving"

The search term "felony DUI" or "felony drunk driving" is frequently used by people who are looking for information about the criminal offense of drunk driving causing injury. "Felony DUI", the abbreviation for felony driving under the influence, refers to one of two more serious versions of the misdemeanor drunk driving charge. The differences in the first, DUI with injury, are primarily two. First, the offense requires more than just driving either (1) under the influence or (2) with .08% blood-alcohol or more, but further requires an injury to another caused by the driving. It further requires (3) a serious injury to another human being. In some jurisdictions, such as California, the felony offense also requires (4) independent proof of negligent driving or violation of a traffic law. Second, the offense is usually punishable by a prison sentence, rather than a shorter county jail sentence such as with a misdemeanor. The second and more recent version of the felony DUI charge is brought where the driver has a bad criminal record involving DUIs, usually three or more prior convictions within a period of time (commonly seven years, as in a California felony DUI), or a previous felony DUI conviction.

The term "DUI" is an abbreviation for the phrase "driving under the influence". It can refer to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of the two. It is sometimes used interchangeably with such phrases as "drunk driving", "DWI" or "driving while intoxicated", though "DUI" is the most commonly employed term in California. It can also refer to the offense of so-called DUI "per se": driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of .08% or higher. In most cases, an arrest will result in prosecution for both offenses.

Are you looking for information about "felony DUI" or "felony drunk driving"?

  • Felony DUI Statistics and Resources
    Information, statistics and links on felony DUI, sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
  • The Drunk Driving Law Center
    Legal megasite with extensive DUI information and links, focus on California.
  • DUI Laws Nationwide
    Summary of drunk driving laws (including felony DUI) of all states, from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  • DUI Blog
    Commentary on the defects, fallacies and Constitutional damage of the "war on drunk driving".

Are you looking for information about felony DUI or felony drunk driving laws of various states?

  • California
    "Everything You Need to Know About California DUI Laws", includes felony DUI laws.
  • Florida
    Felony status for 3rd DUI or DUI with injury.
  • Alaska
    Alaska's unique "Therapeutic Felony DUI Court".
  • Arizona
    Criminal penalties for felony drunk driving in Arizona.
  • Missouri
    Felony DUI information from a defense attorney in that state.
  • Pennsylvania
    Resources for drunk driving victims, including summary of criminal laws.
  • Michigan (pdf)
    Summary of that state's DUI laws.

Are you looking for a California attorney who specializes in drunk driving defense?

  • California DUI
    Good discussion of the factors to consider in looking for a lawyer to represent you, including recommendations as to the best DUI attorneys in California.
  • California DUI Attorney
    Highly-rated 8-attorney California firm; DUI defense exclusively.
  • San Francisco DUI
    DUI defense firm representing DUI clients exclusively in the greater San Francisco bay area.
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