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Is a DWI a felony?

Posted on August 4th, 2017

Is a DWI a felony?

Is a DWI a felony? In Pennsylvania, a drunk driving charge, or DWI, is not a felony, it’s a misdemeanor. However, it’s important to note while the offense of driving while intoxicated or actually driving after imbibing is not graded as a felony through the punishment, in many ways, it is very similar to a felony.

So what is the difference between a felony and misdemeanor? What people think of a misdemeanor offense and what we think of an offense is that there may be a fine and probation. Where in Pennsylvania, though, 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. However, it punishes much like a felony. If you’re facing a DUI, you need an attorney right away. You need to speak with an attorney. You can discuss your rights, your options and what steps can be taken on your behalf. The team at Ciccarelli Law Offices is ready to help you.

Give us a call for a free consultation. We’re here for you.