This blog recently discussed options that may be available in circumstances of drunk driving charges. DUI charges can have an unexpectedly big impact on the life, future and freedom of an accused individual. Felony charges are serious criminal charges that should, of course, be avoided. They are punishable by greater than a year in prison and steep fines and may result in a felony criminal record.

Felony DUI charges are possible when the accused individual has a prior DUI conviction, caused injury or other aggravating circumstances were present. Aggravating factors that may result in a felony DUI charge when an individual has been accused of driving while intoxicated can include having a minor in the vehicle at the time of the alleged incident, the level of blood alcohol measured or a record of driving with a suspended license.

In addition to the criminal and punitive consequences associated with a felony drunk driving charge, it is also possible for the accused individual to lose their right to vote or possess a firearm and they may also face challenges related to housing, employment or education associated with the resulting felony criminal record. Even a business license may be threatened by felony DUI charges.

When facing felony drunk driving charges, it is important to understand how to challenge evidence being used against the accused individual and protect every right the accused individual has as part of the criminal justice system. A strong criminal defense can also include efforts to reduce the charges or have them eliminated altogether, depending on the circumstances, which is why accused individuals should be familiar with all the options that may be available to them up front when facing drunk driving charges.