Is a DUI a Felony?
If you have run into trouble recently with the law or are worried about your dangerous decisions and are asking yourself “is a DUI a felony”, it may be better to start looking for help from a drug and alcohol treatment center before you make a fatal mistake.
If the DUI has already happened and you are looking for follow-up support, Cornerstone Healing Center’s DUI screening and online education program may be able to provide you what you’re looking for.
That said, you may be looking this up for a loved one or just to learn more about a situation you are already in. To answer the question: it depends.
It depends on the state you’re in as all states have different laws and it can even depend on the circumstances of the crime. Let’s take a look at the laws in both Arizona and California.
Is a DUI a Felony in AZ?
Under Arizona law, a felony DUI can occur for a few reasons. These include:
- If the DUI is committed by a person whose license is suspended
- If someone receives 3 or more DUIs in a 7-year period
- If the person drives the wrong way on the highway while committing a DUI
- If there is a passenger under the age of 15
- If the DUI is committed by someone with a restriction for an ignition interlock
These are all Class 4 felonies and each carries a 4-month mandatory minimum sentence in Arizona.
Is a DUI a Felony in California?
Under California law, felony DUIs occur:
- If the person gets 4 DUIs in a 10-year period
- If drunk driving caused serious injury or death
- If you have already been charged with a felony DUI
Again, felony DUIs are obviously more serious and can even lead to up to 3 years in prison time.
Getting Help for a DUI
A DUI is not something to ignore, it is a serious problem and for some people who are dealing with one it can be a sign of alcoholism. It may also be an indicator that it could be a recurring problem.
While you will need legal help for a DUI, you will also need support if you are given court-ordered treatment or alcohol education. If you are ordered to have a DUI screening, a behavioral health professional will talk and interview you to determine how many hours you will need to complete for your specific case. From there, treatment programs like Cornerstone Healing Center will work alongside the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to ensure they have the proper documentation for your completed hours.
We work directly with Arizona courts and the MVD to ensure the process is done correctly and efficiently. To learn more about how we can help, including our online alcohol education classes, please give our team a call today.
Cornerstone Healing Center’s Alcohol Rehab
If you or a loved one has a drug or alcohol problem or is dealing with a DUI charge, reach out to Cornerstone Healing Center. Cornerstone’s experts can help you conquer substance abuse and commit yourself to a new long-term sober lifestyle.
To learn more about Cornerstone’s alcohol treatment program, give our team a call today and we can walk you through the process so you have a better understanding of what to expect for you or your loved one.