Florida takes a tough stance on driving under the influence, particularly when aggravating circumstances are involved. While many DUI cases are charged as misdemeanors, state law outlines a number of aggravating factors that, if present in a case, can result in felony charges and severe penalties.
If you have been charged with felony DUI, an experienced defense is crucial to protecting your rights and your future. The stakes are high in felony cases, and defendants will face lengthy terms of imprisonment, license repercussions, numerous fines and fees, and the long-term consequences that come with being a convicted felon.
At Boswell & Dunlap LLP, our Bartow DUI lawyers have represented many clients charged with serious felonies. We leverage this experience and Attorney David R. Carmichael’s insight as a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist to help clients challenge the government’s case against them. We know what’s at stake, and we fight intelligently and aggressively to protect our clients.
Why Choose Boswell & Dunlap LLP?
- David R. Carmichael is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist
- We have decades of experience serving Polk County & Central FL
- Representation for legal proceedings and DHSMV license hearings
- Customized Defense Strategies & Personalized Service
How Can A DUI Become a Felony in Florida?
Aggravating factors in any DUI case – such as high BAC levels, property damage, and minor passengers – can result in enhanced penalties. There are several other situations, however, that can result in felony charges. These include:
- Third DUI within 10 years (up to 5 years)
- Fourth DUI at any time, regardless of time period (up to 5 years)
- DUI Causing Serious Bodily Injury (up to 5 years)
- DUI manslaughter (up to 15 years)
- Vehicular homicide (up to 15 years)
In some instances, leaving the scene of an accident can greatly enhance penalties. This is the case in DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide cases, when leaving the scene can extend the maximum sentence to 30 years in prison. Whatever the circumstances may be, felony DUIs expose defendants to considerable terms of imprisonment.
Speak With a Polk County DUI Attorney Today
Our legal team is readily available to help you learn more about your legal rights, the charges you face, and what we can do to help you navigate the legal process toward the most positive outcome possible. Because time is of the utmost importance to your defense, we encourage you to reach out to our firm for a confidential consultation. Contact Boswell & Dunlap LLP today to discuss your case.