Felony DUI Offenses
For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are felony DUI offenses. On December 23, 2018, Pennsylvania’s DUI law was changed to make certain DUI’s felony offenses.
There are specific circumstances which will make a DUI a felony offense:
Third DUI offenses within a 10 year period will be graded as a felony if the driver:
- Had a minor under the age of 18 as a passenger in the vehicle
- Was under the influence of a controlled substance
- Refused to submit to a chemical test to determine their blood alcohol level
- Had a blood alcohol level of .16% or higher
Fourth and Subsequent Offenses
If a driver had three or more DUIs in the past 10 years, they will be charged with a felony regardless of the level of DUI charged.
If you ever had a Homicide by Vehicle
If you were ever convicted of a homicide by vehicle in the past, a DUI will carry a felony grading.
For a felony DUI conviction, you will face the following penalties:
- Between 1-7 years in prison
- Fines up to $15,000
- 18 month license suspension
- One year mandatory ignition interlock
Other Consequences of a Felony
A felony can really change your life for the worst by introducing a host of consequences such as:
- You can’t own or possess a gun
- You can’t go hunting
- You can’t vote
- You can’t travel to Canada and many other foreign countries
- You can’t work at a school for 10 years
- You will be terminated from state employment
- You must notify the professional licensing board if you hold a professional license
- Your car insurance will increase or you may be denied coverage all together.
- You may not be able to adopt children
- Depending on the felony, your landlord may be able to evict you
- Your credit score may drop significantly
- A felony will stay on your permanent criminal history forever
The last one is the scariest. Any time a criminal background check is done, your felony will show up. This can impact your life in so many ways. You will be a convicted felon for the rest of your life!
There is hope!
A DUI charge is not an automatic conviction. There are many ways a qualified attorney can challenge the matter in court. Former Pennsylvania State Police attorney Mike Sherman has been trusted on many tough DUI cases in which other lawyers wanted to plead their client guilty and he was able to get much better results by challenging the case or taking the matter to trial. Mike is a different type of attorney. He’s the kind who is willing to fight for you. Call Mike for a free consultation.
What is the Mike Sherman Difference?
Mike Sherman has unique experience and knowledge which he uses to protect his clients.
- Mike Sherman is a former attorney for the Pennsylvania State Police. He knows both sides of the law and uses that knowledge to benefit his clients.
- Mike Sherman wrote “the” Pennsylvania textbook on Pennsylvania DUI law, Driving Under the Influence Law and Practice.
- He uses a scientific method to investigate your case. Relying on his deep understanding of forensic science, he picks apart the evidence against you and looks for errors that he can challenge. He then carefully prepares your case with the goal of highlighting these issues and putting you in the best possible position.
If you are facing a serious charge, don’t delay. Call now to set up your free consultation at412-204-4138