Orlando Felony DUI Lawyer

Most DUI charges in Florida are prosecuted as misdemeanors. However, under certain circumstances, DUIs can be prosecuted as felonies. Felonies are much more serious than misdemeanors; they can generate prison sentences of a year or more, along with hefty fines and other penalties. While all DUIs are serious and need the representation of a competent attorney, you should never face felony DUI charges without representation from a DUI attorney who is experienced and has a proven track record. 

At the Law Office of Guy H. Gilbert, you can work with a lawyer who has dedicated a major portion of his practice to DUI defense. Backed by 27 years of valuable experience, our attorney has extensive knowledge of how the law and the court system can impact your case. This experience includes how to fully investigate all the technical, scientific, and legal aspects of DUI charges to build an effective defense, which is vital when facing the grave consequences of felony DUI.

Put knowledge and experience on your side. Contact the Law Office of Guy H. Gilbert online or at (321) 415-4104 for a free case evaluation.

When Can You Be Charged with Felony DUI?

In first and second DUIs, you will face misdemeanor charges if you did not cause an accident resulting in an injury or death. 

However, DUI is charged as a felony in the following scenarios:

  • You are charged with a third DUI within 10 years of a prior DUI conviction. This felony DUI carries penalties of up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000.
  • You are charged with a fourth DUI, no matter how long ago your last conviction occurred. This felony DUI carries the same penalties as above.
  • You are charged with a DUI that caused serious bodily injury. Even if the injury was to your own passenger, you will face the same penalties as above. You may also be required to pay restitution to the injured person for their medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, or property damage.
  • You are charged with DUI manslaughter. This is a second-degree felony carrying penalties of up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. You may also be required to pay restitution to the deceased person’s family.

Aside from the above penalties, a felony conviction on your record can seriously harm your future. Because it is accessible on a background check, opportunities may be lost to you. This  can include employment, housing, professional licenses, and advanced educational opportunities. Your auto insurance may be canceled, or premiums significantly increased. 

Our Orlando felony DUI attorney understands the serious nature of these charges and the grave impact they can have on your life. We will do everything possible to help you minimize the consequences. 

Schedule a free consultation online or at (321) 415-4104

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