Drunk driving is a serious crime that results in hefty fines, loss of a license, and even jail time. In some cases, a DUI—driving under the influence—or OVI—operating a vehicle impaired—charge may even be a felony. DUI attorney, James F. Bogen, Attorney at Law, in Cincinnati, OH, cautions that the punishments that come with this classification are more severe. Here, he explains what causes the offense to escalate.
When Is a DUI Considered a Felony?
Injury & Death
If you were involved in an accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and you injured or killed another person, you’ll likely face charges of aggravated vehicular assault or manslaughter. The former is prosecuted as a third-degree felony and can bring fines of up to $10,000 as well as up to five years in prison. The latter is prosecuted, as a first, second, or third-degree felony, leading to even more serious punishments.
A driver’s history is another factor when it comes to elevating a charge to felony status. If you are convicted of a DUI for the fourth time in six years, or a sixth time within 20 years, you’re looking at a felony charge. Additionally, if you have a prior felony-class DUI or OVI, the next one will also be prosecuted as a felony. This holds true even if the newest incident wouldn’t otherwise be classified at this level.
When it comes to felonies, the stakes are high. For a skilled DUI attorney, turn to James F. Bogen, Attorney at Law. He will work to secure a lesser charge and lighter punishment. With over 10 years of experience, he is known for the individualized attention and expert advice he offers his clients. You can find a list of his practice areas online. To schedule an appointment, call (513) 503-7251 today.