Tuesday, 06 April 2010 05:31

What Are the Penalties For An Orange County Felony DUI?

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Your DUI in Orange County could be considered a felony drunk driving charge if you caused an injury or death to another driver or passenger or have prior felony convictions.

California Vehicle Code Section 23153 states:

"Any person who, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, or under the combined influence of intoxicating liquor and any drug, drives a vehicle and when so driving does any act forbidden by law or neglects any duty imposed by law in the driving of such vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than himself, is guilty of a felony."

Penalties for a felony DUI in Orange County could include:

1. A jail sentence lasting 6 months - 1 year or longer
2. Mandatory minimum term of incarceration: 48 consecutive hours, or 10 days of community service
3. You could subject to extensive fines up to thousands of dollars including penalty assessments and victim restitution funds
4. DMV can suspend or revoke your driver's license
5. Vehicle may be impounded for six months and you could be required to have an ignition interlock device put on your car up to three years
6. Mandatory attendance of an alcohol or drug program

Due to the severity of a felony DUI charge, it's highly recommend that you contact a Orange County DUI lawyer for counseling.
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