Do you know what the difference is between a misdemeanor DUI and a felony DUI? Any type of DUI charge or arrest comes with several consequences. These consequences can be fines, community service, treatment courses, license suspension/revocation and/or jail-time. One upside is that you could drive again sooner rather than later with an Ignition Interlock Device. Interlock Devices are a requirement for many DUI cases so you can drive again during your suspension period or reinstate your driving privileges.
In any case, let’s go over what the difference between a felony DUI is and a misdemeanor DUI.
Misdemeanor Versus Felony DUI Explained
First, it’s important to keep in mind that the consequences between a misdemeanor DUI versus a felony DUI differ from state-to-state. Both however will be criminal charges. Below are typical explanations of each.
Misdemeanors do not involve aggravating circumstances like injury, property damage and/or death. If charged with a misdemeanor DUI, you’ll need to face consequences such as fees, jail-time, possible license suspension, probation and more. You also may be required to install an Ignition Interlock.
A felony DUI is a more serious offense, and the consequences you’ll face are more severe than a misdemeanor DUI charge. In most states, repeat DUI cases, aggravating circumstances, and/or having a minor under a certain age in the vehicle at the time of the DUI will result in a felony DUI charge. You could also be facing a felony DUI if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was high.
If you are facing misdemeanor or felony DUI charges, you may need to install an Ignition Interlock in your vehicle. You can rely on Smart Start to get you back on the road safely and legally. Just give us a call at (800) 831-3299, and we’ll provide the fairest pricing with the best Ignition Interlock program.
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