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** When is DUI a Felony Offense? **

Getting pulled over for a suspected DUI or DWI can be nerve-racking. 
After you engage in the field sobriety tests and wait for your
blood-alcohol content results, you may wonder the consequence of a DUI
conviction.  Many drivers accused of DUI or DWI are fearful that the
offense will be considered a felony.  However, in most states and in most
circumstances, a DUI conviction is classified as a misdemeanor.

Misdemeanors and felonies are the two types of criminal offenses, and a
felony carries a much steeper consequence than a misdemeanor.  A
misdemeanor can still result in time in jail, but the punishment and jail
sentence are less than what accompanies a felony conviction.  A felony
could result in a state prison term of more than a year, in addition to
other consequences imposed by the court.  However, since both a
misdemeanor and a felony are criminal offenses, if you are convicted, the
offense will go on your criminal record and could affect your future.

For the most part, a first time DUI offense is charged as a misdemeanor,
not a


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