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
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