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Misdemeanor & Felony DUI Charges in CA | What You Should Know

There are few things more damaging to a person’s life than being convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, this is something that happens rather often here in the state of California, and if you are someone who has recently been charged with a DUI, you’re most likely wondering about the potential penalties you may face. That said, these penalties will depend largely on whether you received a misdemeanor or a felony DUI. Read on and speak with our seasoned Tehama County DUI lawyer to learn more about the penalties for DUI charges in California and how our legal team can help you fight them

What are the penalties for a misdemeanor DUI in California?

Typically, DUIs are considered misdemeanor charges. This is even true for most second and third offense DUIs. That being said, though a misdemeanor sounds like it’s not the hugest deal, the truth is, a misdemeanor will go on your criminal record and you will face various serious consequences. If you are arrested even for a misdemeanor DUI, you can face jail time, high fines, and a driver’s license suspension.

What are the penalties for a felony DUI in California?

Here in the state of California, individuals convicted of felony DUIs will face even harsher penalties. Felony DUIs are warranted when certain aggravating circumstances are present at the time the officer made his or her arrest. One example of aggravated circumstances is when someone who was driving while under the influence of alcohol hurts or kills another person. Often, a person driving while under the influence of alcohol with a minor child in the car may also face felony DUI charges. If this is your third or subsequent DUI within 10 years, you will almost certainly receive a felony DUI.

Just some of the penalties you may face for felony DUI charges in California can include a potential $5,000 fine, a five-year driver’s license suspension, and anywhere between 16 months and 16 years in a California state prison. Don’t face these charges alone–simply reach out to our experienced Glenn County criminal lawyer today. Our firm is prepared to fight your charges at every turn.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.