Felony DUI Charges on the Rise in Dayton
Dayton is the county seat of Montgomery County, where felony DUI charges have doubled in the last decade. While most DUI charges are brought as misdemeanors, prosecutors are able to bring felony charges based on a number of factors, including previous convictions and whether the offence resulted in a serious injury or death. With prosecutors bringing more and more felony charges every day, the need for skilled Dayton DUI defense attorneys continues to rise.
What Constitutes a Felony DUI?
A felony charge may be filed against you if any of the following exist:
- This is not your first DUI
- You injured another person while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- You were driving with an illegal BAC with a minor in the car
- You committed other crimes during the incident
- Your accident caused extensive property damage
Avoiding a Felony Conviction
Suhre & Associates understands the importance of avoiding a felony conviction. Individuals convicted of a felony are subject to severe penalties, including up to a year in prison, up to five years on probation, vehicle forfeiture, up to $10,500 in fines, participation in a mandatory drug/alcohol treatment program, and possible permanent license suspension.
If you or someone you know is being charged with a felony DUI, finding an attorney skilled in felony DUI defense is essential. Many attorneys may not have the skills or knowledge needed to defend a felony case. When the serious penalties associated with a felony are at risk, you need an experienced felony DUI defense attorney on your team.
Suhre & Associates Knows How to Defend Felony DUI Charges
Suhre & Associates has experience defending felony charges in Dayton. We know the laws and procedures that govern felony cases. Our attorneys know how to handle aggressive prosecutors and get felony charges reduced or dismissed. We are aware of the laws protecting people charged with felonies and skilled at forming a solid defense based in law and precedent.
We have a proven track-record of helping our clients maintain their quality of life and avoid harsh penalties such as jail time, criminal records, loss of privileges, and serious fines. We realize the seriousness of a felony charge and the effects that a conviction could have on your life. Best of all, we’re prepared to help you handle it.
A Felony Charge is a Serious Matter
If you have been convicted of DUI before, you have an idea of what is going to happen next. Maybe, you just pleaded guilty last time. However, the downside of a previous DUI conviction is that the tenuous presumption of innocence that exists in a first-time DUI case is practically non-existent in a felony case. This is where we have to go to work for you.
As in any DUI case, we will gather evidence from the prosecutor, police, the Justice Department, and any witnesses. After reviewing all the facts with you we will then look at five important points in your arrest.
- Did the police have the right to stop you?
- Did the police have the right to detain you?
- Were the field sobriety tests administered in accordance with NHTSA standards?
- Was there probable cause to arrest you?
- Did the police properly administer any chemical tests?
From there we form a plan of action. We determine if any evidence could be suppressed. We examine the case from the prosecution’s perspective and anticipate their moves. These actions and more are thoroughly considered before we go to trial or attempt to negotiate with the prosecution.
Give Suhre & Associates a call as soon after your arrest as possible. Our experience is your best defense.