Ft. Lauderdale attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. has dedicated a substantial portion of his practice to representing drivers who are being accused of DUI. Many of these drunk driving cases involve aggravating circumstances such as a traffic accident with injuries or a prior DUI conviction that enhances the penalties and moves the DUI classification from a misdemeanor to a felony. If you are being charged with a felony DUI, it is very important to understand that the possible consequences are serious and to take the matter of legal representation seriously as well.
The decision to file a case as a misdemeanor or a felony is a decision that rests solely with the State Attorney's office after a person is arrested. The early intervention of an experienced and knowledgeable DUI attorney can often mean the difference between being charged with a felony or a misdemeanor. If you have been arrested for a felony DUI, then you do not have time to waste. Contact Ft. Lauderdale DUI defense attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. right away to schedule a case evaluation and to evaluate your options moving forward.
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There are several sets of circumstances that can elevate a DUI from a misdemeanor to a felony charge. These include:
Three Drunk Driving Convictions within 10 years
In Florida a third DUI conviction within a ten year period is considered a third degree felony. This means that a person arrested for a third DUI within 10 years faces up to five years in state prison and additionally, a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of at least 30 days in addition to a $4,000 fine and a 10 year driver's license revocation.
Four DUI Convictions
A fourth conviction for DUI in Florida is considered a felony no matter when the prior offenses occurred. A person convicted of a fourth DUI in Florida is facing a possible 5 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine in addition to a lifetime driver's license revocation.
DUI Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury
Among the most serious DUI cases are those where someone is seriously injured. No one ever wants to be involved in such a horrific situation, but if you are being charged with a DUI involving serious bodily injury, then you must contact an experienced and knowledgeable DUI attorney as soon as possible. A person charged with a DUI resulting in serious bodily injury will be charged with a third degree felony and faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in state prison. "Serious bodily injury" is defined as "a physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ. (See Fla. Stat. 316.1933)
The most serious of all DUI cases is one where there was a fatal accident. If you are facing a charge of DUI Manslaughter, it is imperative that you retain an experienced and effective DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. A person being charged with DUI Manslaughter faces a second degree felony which could be elevated to a first degree felony if there is also a failure to render aid. A person convicted of DUI manslaughter faces a mandatory minimum of 4 years in state prison.
All DUI cases must be taken seriously but felony DUI cases must be taken the most serious of all because the consequences are so great. Attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. has experience handling all types of DUI cases in South Florida and will fight to protect your driving privileges as well as your criminal reord.
The most serious of all DUI cases are ones where there was a fatal accident. If you are facing a charge of DUI Manslaughter, it is imperative that you retain the services of an experienced and