Felonies are the most serious category of criminal charges. Misdemeanors are less serious and have less serious consequences. In California, a DUI can sometimes be charged as a felony. There are three types of felony DUIs.
The punishment for felony DUIs tend to include prison sentences in excess of one year in state prison and fines exceeding $1,000. Other consequences include losing your right to bear arms and temporarily losing your right to vote. Additionally, you must disclose your felony status on job applications and denial of certain professional licenses.
It may be prudent to retain an experienced DUI criminal attorney. They will be able to consult with you and hopefully negotiate with prosecutors about lessening the charges to a misdemeanor, reckless driving, or a complete dismissal.