When Is a DUI a Felony?

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Unlike misdemeanor DUI's, a felony DUI is one that is related to the great bodily injury or death of another person. Under South Carolina law, "great bodily injury" is defined as a physical injury that creates a substantial risk of death. Victims who suffered serious or permanent disfigurement or impairment of bodily functions or organs can lead to felony DUI prosecutions. These injuries can occur to a passenger in the same car, another driver or passenger, or even a pedestrian.

If you are facing felony DUI charges, we urge you to get in touch with a Greenville criminal defense lawyer at Hisker Law Firm, PC. We have defended over 1,000 cases, including some of the most challenging felony DUI charges. Our strategies are proven and effective. We work hard to make sure you do not suffer the maximum penalties.

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Penalties for Felony DUI in South Carolina

Felony DUIs are serious charges, and can impose mandatory sentences that may not be suspended. Because of the strictness of the law with regard to this matter, it is essential to have an experienced attorney fighting for you in court.

Felony DUIs resulting in great bodily injury carry the following punishment:

  • A minimum imprisonment sentence of no less than 30 days and no more than 15 years
  • Suspension of the driver's license for the duration of imprisonment plus 3 years
  • A minimum fine of no less than $5,100 and no more than $10,100

Felony DUIs resulting in death carry the following punishment:

  • A minimum imprisonment sentence of no less than one year and no more than 25 years
  • Suspension of the driver's license for the duration of imprisonment plus 3 years
  • A minimum fine of no less than $10,100 and no more than $25,100

Call Our Greenville DUI Defense Lawyer at (864) 610-1277

Fighting a felony DUI charge is a challenging task and it is never advisable to defend yourself in court. The consequences of a conviction are simply too great to take this risk. From your bond hearing to your court appearances, our experienced legal team will ensure that we give you a proper and well-prepared defense every step of the way. Our veteran trial attorney knows his way around a courtroom and is well-respected by local prosecutors and judges. We can use our legal talent and resources to your advantage.

Previous Case

*These results are provided to show the types of cases that Steve Hisker has handled in the past. Nothing provided should create an expectation that Steve Hisker can achieve similar results in any case.

40 days in Jail - 7/16/2014
Charge: Felony DUI with Great Bodily Injury (passenger was paralyzed).
Maximum Penalty- Defendant faced up to 15 years in prison.
History- Defendant involved in a single car accident.
Defendant had a blood alcohol level of 0.16 (more than twice the legal limit).
Result: 40 days weekend jail, 1 year house arrest and probation to follow.

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