Risks of a Felony DUI
Though every DUI will reflect poorly on your record, a felony DUI looks especially bad. Without proper representation, you might feel overwhelmed and plead guilty to a charge like this that can have a serious impact on your lifestyle. Before making your plea, it might be a good idea to look over some of the issues and options that you have, like the ARD program. When dealing with a felony DUI, it’s especially important that you have experienced and qualified DUI lawyers on your side to help.
If anyone has trouble finding a job, it is someone with a felony conviction. The only thing that might make the situation worse is a felony DUI conviction. It isn’t just about your potential employer seeing that you have criminal charges, either. A felony DUI conviction tells a potential employer that you have committed a serious crime that may involve drugs or alcohol. Not only that, but you did it while driving, which adds an especially unsavory element to it. Further, even if you are already employed when you get the DUI, your job and income may be at risk.
Legal Issues Surrounding DUI
Should you ever happen to get into trouble again, a prior felony DUI doesn’t bode well for your case. Instead of pleading guilty, you might try to get into the ARD program which can allow for the charge to be removed from your record, provided that you complete all the steps. However, keep in mind that the District Attorney will see that you were in the program, so if you are charged again with a similar charge in the future, the DA will view it as your second charge of this kind.
Whether it is a misdemeanor or felony DUI, it’s a good idea to look into the ARD program and, most importantly, consult the lawyers at Young, Marr & Associates. Convictions like this don’t just impact your driving record, but your legal record and lifestyle as well. If you are facing a felony DUI, don’t make the mistake of brushing it off and navigating the process yourself. Call our office immediately at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania or contact us online for your free initial consultation.