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Salt Lake City Felony DUI Lawyers

Salt Lake City Felony DUI Attorney

Attorneys for Felony Drunk Driving Charges in Bountiful, UT

At Collins Rupp, P.C., we understand that any DUI charge is a serious matter. You could be facing severe criminal penalties, along with the suspension or revocation of your driver's license. When you have been charged with driving under the influence, you need an attorney who is ready and willing to fight for your rights. This is especially true when your case is being prosecuted as a felony.

As with most repeated mistakes in life, the penalties for repeat DUIs increase with each conviction. While first and second-time DUI charges in Utah are normally misdemeanors, third-time offenders will likely be charged with a felony. You may also face felony charges if your DUI—regardless of your past history—resulted in the death or serious injury of another person involved. Felony charges can have serious negatives effects on nearly every aspect of your life, which makes avoiding a felony conviction critically important. If you were recently charged with a third DUI in 10 years, you should contact a qualified felony DUI defense attorney as soon as possible.

The Realities of a Felony DUI Charge

Felony DUI charges can carry very severe penalties that are sure to fill your life with tremendous hardships. At minimum, you can expect to be sentenced to 60 days in jail if you are convicted. Depending on the circumstances, you could be facing up to five years of jail time. Such a range in potential punishments only highlights the importance of an experienced attorney.

There is also a great range of possible fines. A felony DUI conviction will result in minimum fines of about $3,000, with up to $10,000 in fines, fees, and surcharges possible. Other penalties for a felony DUI charge include supervised probation, a suspended driver's license, and professional substance abuse screening and assessment. Based on the details of your case, the court could require you to participate in up to five years of alcohol or substance abuse treatment.

It is important to be aware that felony DUI charges are not limited to multiple-time offenders. Felony DUI charges can also be brought if there was an accident involved in your DUI that resulted in injury or death of somebody else. Even if your DUI did not involve an accident, you may still be charged with a felony if your record includes previous accidents that resulted in criminal charges.

Aggressive, Responsible Representation in Utah

When you have been arrested on felony charges for DUI, the attorney you choose can certainly make a difference in the outcome of your case. At Collins Rupp, P.C., our attorneys are prepared to immediately go to work on your behalf, investigating the circumstances of your arrest and uncovering all of the relevant details. If a field sobriety test or breathalyzer test was performed incorrectly, we will fight to have the results thrown out. If your rights we were compromised in any way, we will do everything in our power to have the charges against you completely dismissed.

However, we also realize that in many cases, full dismissal of the charges is not possible. In such situations, we understand the importance of negotiating with prosecutors to find creative and effective solutions to your case. We will explore all available alternatives to prosecution, including alcohol treatment programs and diversionary programs to help minimize the negative impact on your life.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Being charged with felony DUI is a very serious situation. Whether you are a multiple-time offender or you caused an injury in a DUI-related accident, you are likely facing thousands of dollars in fines, significant jail time, and an extended period of not being able to drive. If maximum charges are brought, you could face a lengthy jail sentence, and a conviction could affect the rest of your life. There is simply too much at stake to handle your case alone or to rely on a public defender.

Contact the offices of Collins Rupp, P.C. to get the help you need. Call 385-777-2753 for a free consultation today.

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