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Is DUI a Felony?

Posted on August 4th, 2017

In Pennsylvania, a drunk driving charge is not a felony, it’s a misdemeanor. In Pennsylvania, the offense of driving while intoxicated or actually driving after imbibing is not graded as a felony though the punishment, in many ways, is very similar to a felony. What people think of a misdemeanor offense and we think of an offense where they may be a fine and probation. Where in Pennsylvania, even a first offense DUI, there is mandatory jail time, a mandatory 12 month loss of license, and a permanent record. A second or third offense carries greater offenses, so even though a third offense DUI in Pennsylvania is not a felony. It has the teeth of a felony.

Again, a DUI is a misdemeanor but punishes much like a felony. If you’re facing a DUI, you need an attorney right away. You need to speak to an attorney, discuss your rights, your options and what steps can be taken on your behalf. The team at Ciccarelli law office is ready to help you.