If you have been charged with a felony, your first step should be to consult with an experienced criminal lawyer. Felony offenses carry severe punishment of a year in prison or more. At stake is possible to get prison sentence, jail time, being designated a felon, loss of employment opportunities, losing your right to vote, and losing your right to possess firearms, along with several other possible life-altering consequences.
JEFRE GOLDTRAP is a Lawyer with over 22 years of experience handling felony offenses and have tried numerous cases before felony juries.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Impaired (DWI) essentially stand for the same thing and are used interchangeably. The most common reason a person is charged with DUI is that the person is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled by a substance in his/her nervous system. However, there are many other reasons a person can be charged with DUI including having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more and being under the influence of a hazardous substance that affects the nervous system or brain.
DUIs range from misdemeanors to felonies. DUIs are enhanceable offenses, which means a conviction for a DUI can lead to more serious penalties if charged with another DUI in the future.
THERE ARE FOUR DEGREES OF DUIs. THE DEGREE DEPENDS ON A NUMBER OF FACTORS. SOME OF THEM INCLUDE:
* Refusal to take a blood, urine or breath test
* An alcohol reading of 0.16 and above
* Having a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle (if the child is 36 months and above younger than the offender)
* Prior DUIs or loss of driver’s license that was related to a DWI
If you are feeling overwhelmed or have questions about how you should move forward, contact me. I offer free consultations to determine whether I am the right lawyer for you and I will be glad to help you.