A felony DWI can be charged if you've been charged and arrested for your fourth DWI in the last 10 years. If you've previously been convicted of a felony DWI, then you can also be charged with a felony again. If you have a prior felony conviction for impaired driving-related homicides or injuries, then that will also likely lead to a felony charge if you are arrested again.
Can you go to prison for a DWI charge?
When you've been convicted of a DWI four times, you may lose your license for up to four years and until reinstatement requirements are met. If you are penalized with a felony DWI, then you can go to prison for up to seven years and have a five-year conditional release. You can also be fined up to $14,000.
There are a number of situations that can lead to a felony DWI. For instance, if you cause death to an unborn child in an accident where you were drunk, that's a felony and can lead to up to 10 years in prison. Bodily harm, on the other hand, is a gross misdemeanor that has penalties of up to a year in prison, a $3,000 fine and at least two years of having your license revoked.
Can you defend yourself against these charges?
Before you accept the blame for driving under the influence or accept the charges against you, remember that you have a right to speak with your attorney. Our website has information on how you can defend yourself and work toward a lesser penalty.