DUI Felony Lawyer Vancouver WA
The vast majority of DUI charges are gross misdemeanor charges. However, there are several scenarios under Washington law where a DUI can be charged a DUI felony. A class B DUI felony can be charged when:
- a person commits a DUI and has four or more prior DUI offenses within ten years as defined in RCW 46.61.5055; or
- a person commits a DUI and has previously been convicted of:
- Vehicular homicide while under the influence (or a comparable out-of-state offense);
- Vehicular assault while under the influence (or a comparable out-of-state offense);
- a DUI felony
It is generally difficult to get the point of being charged with a DUI felony, simply because one must already have a bunch of DUIs recently, a vehicular homicide or vehicular assault conviction. Despite being rarely charged, a DUI felony often carries stiff sentences because each prior DUI can further enhance the offender score at sentencing. Defenses for a felony DUI charge can be technical and often include attacking the validity of the underlying DUI convictions. Keeping out one of the previous DUI convictions can sometimes be the difference between getting a felony or a misdemeanor.
Free Felony DUI Consultation
If you are facing a felony DUI charge, you could be facing a long time in prison. It is important then that you get the help of an experienced DUI attorney as early as possible. We offer a free consultation on a variety of cases, including both felony and misdemeanor DUI offenses. Priest Criminal Defense has handled thousands of DUI cases, so you can be confident that you will be meeting with a skilled and experienced litigator. We also offer affordable payment plans if you cannot afford the entire retainer upfront. Call today and see how we might be able to help.