The consequences of a DUI are already enough to significantly impact your daily life. A felony DUI conviction, however, has even more power to impact your life in a negative way. Felony DUIs are serious charges, and you don’t have to face them alone. A Lincoln felony DUI lawyer can help you understand the charges brought up against you, navigate the Nebraska legal system, formulate a plan for your DUI defense, and help finalize your case and move on.
Sopinski Law Office is an experienced and dedicated DUI defense law firm. We believe all of our clients deserve to be treated with respect and that you are innocent until proven guilty. We will work tirelessly to defend your rights, as all of our lawyers are skilled in negotiating plea deals, which is oftentimes the ideal route in felony DUI cases.
We take great care with every case we represent and, at times, have been able to help our clients receive minimized charges and diminished DUI penalties. In some cases, we have gotten DUI charges dropped altogether. We cannot promise all of our clients their charges will be dropped or lessened, but we can promise to apply the highest quality legal services to your case.
The majority of DUIs in Nebraska are misdemeanor charges because most charges for DUI are not felony charges. For someone who has repeat DUIs, the first two will typically be misdemeanor charges.
Even a third DUI for individuals whose BAC was identified to be above 0.08% but below 0.15% will likely get a misdemeanor charge. However, with two prior convictions with a BAC greater than 0.15%, a third DUI will result in a felony charge.
Additionally, if you are facing your fourth DUI conviction, you will be charged with a felony and could be sentenced to three years in jail and a $10,000 fine. This is a Class IIIA felony. After four convictions, DUI charges are upgraded to Class IIA felony charges, and this conviction carries a sentence of 20 years in prison.
There are limits to how many times you can get arrested for drunk driving, and eventually, you will face felony DUI charges. Some circumstantial factors will play a role in determining the severity of your charges, including the following:
Besides having a felony on your record, the biggest difference between a misdemeanor and a felony DUI is the penalties that are incurred following a conviction. Misdemeanor fines are much cheaper (only up to $1,000 per charge) and result in less time in jail (only weeks or months in jail). Felony DUI charges, on the other hand, can result in thousands of dollars in fines, many years of jail time, and many years of license revocation.
Building a strong defense for your case is important when it comes to strategizing your defense. Essentially, this is what Lincoln criminal defense lawyers do for their clients–come up with a defense strategy to argue the prosecution’s case against them. Below are some of the DUI defense tactics that have been successful in past felony DUI cases in avoiding conviction for DUI defendants.
All of the above defense strategies can be identified and presented to the court in an optimal and sufficient way by a Lincoln felony DUI lawyer with experience in such cases. The Sopinski Law Office is skilled in scrutinizing case reports, records, and documents to determine which option can be applied to a case, if any. Contact one of our knowledgeable and competent defense lawyers for a consultation to discuss a valid defense strategy for your DUI case.
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