Fourth Offense DUI
A fourth DUI within ten years is a "wobbler." This means it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. However, the District Attorney will virtually always charge it as a felony. If convicted of a fourth offense, felony DUI, the legal minimum is 180 days in county jail and the maximum is three years in state prison. It is therefore extremely important to hire a Monterey DUI attorney who knows every aspect of DUI defense.
Mr. Crawford focuses solely on DUI cases. Most other attorneys practice a little DUI and handle numerous other types of criminal cases. This means they cannot focus on the complexity of DUI science and law. Mr. Crawford wins DUI trials when other lawyers say the case is unwinnable.
Contact the Crawford Law Firm now to schedule an appointment with Mr. Crawford - (831) 783-0222. Or, schedule a time to speak with him here.
DUI with Injury
If you were involved in an accident and another person was injured – even slightly – you will be charged with DUI with injury. This can be charged as either a misdemeanor or as a felony, depending on the circumstances and the severity of the injury.
Conviction for a misdemeanor DUI with injury could result in a jail sentence, increased insurance costs, probation, mandatory DUI school, fines, and a one year suspension of your license, with no opportunity for a restricted license.
Conviction of felony DUI with injury carries a minimum sentence of sixteen months in state prison. If you are charged with causing "great bodily injury," you face an additional three to six years in prison. There is no hard and fast rule as to what constitutes great bodily injury. Courts have held that even a relatively minor injury like a dislocated finger could qualify as great bodily injury. Therefore, you need a serious DUI attorney on your side who has dedicated his career to defending DUI cases.
Mr. Crawford has been extremely successful at convincing the D.A. to dismiss the injury portion of these cases and at reducing felonies to misdemeanors. Call him today for a free legal consultation at (831) 783-0222.
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