When you decided to drink at your friend’s barbecue, you didn’t think it would have an impact on how you were driving. You waited an hour after your last drink to get behind the wheel, and you felt fine.

The combination of warm weather, dehydration, prescription medications and the drinks you had didn’t work well in your favor, though. You ended up feeling dizzy on the road, which led to you weaving in and out of your lane. A cop stopped you, and they asked if you’d been drinking. Though other medical issues were potentially playing a role in how you were driving, they focused on your drinking due to your past DUI convictions from a few years ago. Now, you’re worried about a potential felony.

A DUI can become a felony in a few ways, such as:

  • If you’ve previously been arrested for DUIs and been convicted
  • If you were involved in a collision that resulted in an injury or death
  • If you were driving while your license was suspended or revoked

In Florida, any person who is convicted of a third DUI within 10 years could be charged with a third-degree felony. This could come with up to five years of imprisonment and over $5,000 in fines.  Fleeing a fatal accident scene can result in DUI manslaughter charges, which are a first-degree felony with fines of up to $10,000. An individual could face imprisonment for up to 30 years.

Felonies are also possible for vehicular homicide, which is a second-degree felony, or vehicular homicide with fleeing the scene, which is a first-degree felony.

With serious charges like these, you do deserve to defend yourself. There is no reason to allow the court and prosecution to go unchecked. You still have rights and should be considered innocent until proven otherwise.