Murrieta Felony DUI Lawyer
Protecting Your Rights and Your Freedom
California has been a front runner in the fight against impaired driving. Although most states throughout the nation have increased their efforts to up the arrests and convictions of those who drive under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, few can boast the extreme measures California law enforcement agencies have taken. With some of the harshest criminal penalties in the nation and little room for leniency, California courts are places no DUI defendant should brave alone.
Although DUIs are typically misdemeanor offenses, there are several ways in which more serious felony charges can arise. Regardless of the precise circumstances involved, these allegations pose the most serious of penalties, which are nothing if not life altering. At the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis & Associates, our experienced Murrieta DUI attorney is prepared to represent anyone who may be facing felony DUI allegations for any of the following reasons:
You will face a felony DUI charge if you have been convicted of three or more DUIs within the past 10 years. Wet reckless convictions and out of state DUI convictions will be considered prior offenses. This means that a fourth DUI charge within 10 years will be prosecuted as a felony offense.
Felony allegations may also be prosecuted if you have been convicted of a felony DUI in the past, regardless of when the conviction occurred. Even if the new allegation is not a felony offense normally or if it occurs after the 10 year time span has elapsed, you will still be charged with a felony DUI.
DUI Resulting in Injury
California Vehicle Code § 25153 makes DUIs resulting in bodily injury to another person a separate and more serious felony offense. Any DUI that causes injury to another person, regardless of prior convictions, will be prosecuted as a felony offense.
DUI Vehicular Manslaughter
DUIs resulting in the death of another are the most serious DUI allegation one can face. Penalized by large fines and mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is a charge that poses life-altering repercussions.
Contact a Murrieta Criminal Defense Attorney Today
A firm known for our integrity, honesty, and client-oriented services, we take pride in ensuring that you receive the support you deserve and the representation you need throughout every step of the legal process. A Murrieta criminal defense lawyer form our firm is prepared to conduct thorough investigations and meticulously prepare your case for plea agreements or trial proceedings. Our law office is located near the Southwest Justice Center and we represent individuals from the surrounding cities of Temecula, Menifee, Wildomar, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Banning, Perris, Corona and Riverside.
To learn more about the charges you face and how we can protect your rights and freedom, contact the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis & Associates today.