Los Angeles Felony DUI Attorney
Have you been charged with a felony DUI in LA?
Most often, DUI (driving under the influence) charges in our state are misdemeanor offenses, for which the maximum penalty is up to 12 months in county jail. However, certain crimes involving driving under the influence will be charged as felonies in court. These include:
When you have been charged with a felony DUI, hiring a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer is your best chance of avoiding conviction. The right attorney will be able to correctly assess your case in order to build a solid defense on your behalf.
Felony DUI Penalties
A felony DUI offense in the state of California is heavily prosecuted in the courts. If you are found guilty of a felony offense, you will spend a minimum of one year in state prison, and may face additional fines, counseling, probation and the loss of your driver's license. A DUI causing injury charge and a 4th DUI conviction may result in up to 3 years in state prison. The number of years in prison may increase to 10 years if you are convicted of a manslaughter charge while driving under the influence.
If you have failed sobriety tests or a blood or breath test, it may seem that conviction is inevitable. However, a skilled DUI attorney can find the loopholes in your case to prove that the tests were faulty or that they were illegally administered. If you contact an attorney early on in your case, your attorney can work with the prosecution from the beginning to gather evidence and information to support your story. The research done by your attorney may be the key to proving your innocence.
A Los Angeles Felony DUI Attorney – Defending Your Rights
In our state, a felony offense is punishable by a minimum of 1 year in state prison. In addition to this, you will face fines, probation, counseling and the loss of your driver's license. For a 4th DUI conviction or a DUI causing injury, you may face up to 3 years in state prison. For a manslaughter charge involving driving under the influence, you may face up to 10 years in prison, depending upon the circumstances.
Los Angeles Felony DUI Attorney David D. Diamond is experienced when it comes to dealing with felony driving under the influence charges. By using his experience, knowledge and resources to thoroughly examine the circumstances of your arrest and charges, he may be able to help you in a number of ways:
- Discount or discredit prior driving under the influence convictions
- Work with the prosecution from the onset, providing information and evidence that helps prove your side of the story (rather than allowing only law enforcement to provide evidence and information, which is often the case)
- Interview witnesses and conduct an independent investigation to help prove your factual innocence
- Work to have the prosecution lessen your charges or drop them altogether
- Recreate the scene of the accident to prove that you were not at fault (in the case of a DUI with injury or manslaughter)
These are just a few of the ways our DUI defense lawyer may be able to help you. You are welcome to contact our offices for a free consultation, to see how we may be able to help you.
When you contact an attorney from Diamond & Associates, you are putting your future in the right hands. Criminal defense lawyer David Diamond has been named as one of Southern California's Rising Stars for the past 3 years, and has committed his practice to defending the rights of the people. Regardless of the type of DUI offense that you may be facing, the legal team at Diamond & Associates can provide you with exceptional and aggressive legal defense at your DMV hearing and in court.
Contact a Los Angeles felony DUI lawyer today to start building a defense against your felony DUI charges.