Felony DUI

DUI Fourth Offense | Felony DUI

A felony DUI is one in which you are charged with DUI fourth offense or greater.  If you are convicted, you are looking at up to six years in prison.  The costs increase dramatically.  The potential prison time can cost you everything.  Here are the penalties for DUI Fourth Offense:

  • An "E" felony punishable by up to six years in prison.  There is a mandatory minimum of 150 days in jail.  Any subsequent DUI arrest is considered a felony arrest.  Every felony conviction on your record can be used to enhance your prison sentence.  You may receive jail credit for time spent in outpatient or inpatient rehab if approved by the court.
  • A fine up to $15,000.  There is a mandatory minimum fine of $3,000.
  • Loss of driving privileges for up to eight years.  Under the penalties for this offense, you must have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for eight years to drive.  However, you must petition the court for permission to obtain this restriction.

The Financial Aspects

The financial costs of a DUI Fourth Offense are insurmountable.  If you are approved for a restricted license, you would be required to have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for up to eight years.  Additionally, the jail time goes up dramatically.  You could spend up to six years in prison, which will ruin you financially.  Additionally, you will have to get SR-22 insurance, which is only carried by certain insurance companies (for more information about SR-22, click here).

The First Felony

If this is your first felony offense, it is likely you will only be required to serve the minimum 150 days in jail.  You will probably be on probation for at least 18 months.  Every DUI conviction after this one only goes to increase your jail time.  If you are facing your fourth DUI offense, you are likely dealing with addiction, unemployment, and loss of family.  An experienced DUI lawyer would probably suggest rehab and try to help you achieve sobriety so that you can have the opportunity to get your life back.  Additionally, the suggestion of rehab can help to lower your prison sentence.  If you are facing a felony DUI, then make sure to contact an attorney that has the experience to navigate Circuit Court and understands the challenges associated with felony arrests and convictions.