Facing a Felony DUI Charge
If you have been arrested and charged with felony DUI, you desperately need a defense attorney who knows all there is to know about Clark County DUI law. If convicted, you will almost certainly spend some serious time in jail and be heavily fined. You will probably lose your driver’s license for at least three years, and for the rest of your life you will find it very difficult to get hired at any place of business because of your criminal record.
Prosecution under felony charges is possible if you are charged with DUI for the third time, or if an injury or fatality occurred as a result of your actions. The penalties increase with the seriousness of your offense, and in the worst case scenario you could be faced with a life prison sentence for vehicular homicide.
Your situation is not hopeless, however. In order to protect the rights of drivers, Nevada law sets down very strict guidelines for the DUI arrest process, and if the police did not follow those rules explicitly, your arrest was illegal. In fact, there is a good chance that prosecutors will be forced to drop your charges completely or they will be dismissed by the judge. Handling a case of this magnitude and with so many complex variables requires the skills of a lawyer who has spent plenty of time working with the Nevada law and with the police and prosecutors of the Las Vegas area.
What is Felony DUI Court?
Just like misdemeanor DUI court, felony DUI court, or the Serious Offenders Program, is a last resort that substitutes a heavy schedule of treatment and monitoring for jail time. While house arrest, group treatment meetings, a license suspension, and frequent progress meetings with a judge are no fun, they do allow you to stay out of jail and keep your life intact. Only third time DUI offenders whose actions have not caused injury or death to others are eligible for the program, and a lawyer with extensive Las Vegas area connections and relationships is a vital partner during the tedious, painstaking application process.
If a conviction under felony DUI charges cannot be avoided, you face years spent behind bars unless your attorney is able to convince the judge and prosecutor to allow you to complete felony DUI court. If you are from out of state, the lawyer’s job becomes even more delicate, because the judge must agree to work with organizations in your local area to provide the necessary services. Once you have been admitted into the program, adhering to whatever curfews, driver’s license suspensions, alcohol tests, and other requirements are set is absolutely essential. Otherwise, you will be sent to a Clark County jail to serve your original prison sentence.