When Facing Felony DUI Charges in the Jacksonville Area
DUI charges are typically a misdemeanor that involves a variety of penalties and fines. However, there are certain circumstances where the DUI is elevated to a felony. If that happens, the driver faces potentially lengthy time in jail depending on the circumstances surrounding the stop.
Lockett Law, P.A., is one of the most effective and experienced law firms in Florida in handling DUI defense, including felony DUI. Attorney Lee Lockett does not settle for trying work toward the best possible outcome. He understands the legal complexities of these cases and the life-changing nature of the charges, which can affect one’s ability to drive, hold a job and even their basic freedoms. We aggressively defend clients by trying to get the case dismissed or the evidence suppressed.
Common Reasons for Felony DUI
The circumstance prompting a felony DUI charge includes the following:
- Number of DUIs: Four DUIs in a driver’s lifetime or three within 10 years is a felony punishable by five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
- DUI causes serious bodily harm: This can also result in up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
- DUI manslaughter: Causing death due to driving under the influence is punishable by four to 15 years in prison and fine of $10,000.
- Vehicular homicide: Reckless driving that causes death is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
There may be other circumstances for increased penalties such as blood alcohol level over .15 percent, driving with a suspended license or driving with a minor in the car. Not only do felony charges have serious fines and longer prison sentences, a driver can have their license permanently suspended.
An Aggressive Defense is Crucial
Hiring a lawyer before making a statement to law enforcement is crucial, but it is also important to make the right choice with your legal representation. Lee Lockett has focused on DUI defense for over 20 years, ensuring that his clients’ rights are protected within the rules of the law. Call our offices in Jacksonville at 904-858-9818 or use our Contact page to contact us. We have Spanish speakers on staff: Se habla Espanol. Initial consultations are free.