Misdemeanor DUI

A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is less severe than a felony. Many DUIs are classed as misdemeanors in California.

In California, DUI is more than a simple traffic violation. It can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. These refer to different categories of criminal offenses. A misdemeanor is considered a less serious crime than a felony.

Generally speaking, misdemeanors carry less serious sentences than felonies:

  • Jail time, if any, is shorter and is served in the local or county jail instead of a state prison
  • Fines are lower
  • Although all criminal offenses may appear on a background check, a misdemeanor conviction does not follow you around the way felony status

Unfortunately, DUI is a misdemeanor with particularly tough penalties. If convicted you will owe thousands of dollars in fines, have your driver’s license suspended, be ordered into a traffic safety class, and likely spend time in jail.

In some cases a DUI is tried as a felony. This is mainly when:

  • Someone was injured or killed
  • It’s your fourth DUI in a 10-year period
  • You have a prior felony DUI on your record

If your case doesn’t meet any of those criteria, then you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor. You should familiarize yourself with the consequences for first time and repeat offenders.

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