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Aggravated DUI (Felony DUI)

Aggravated DUI / Felony DUI

A DUI charge in Pittsburgh is most often a misdemeanor. However, unlike many other misdemeanor charges, a drunk driving charge carries outsized penalties that include jail time, driver's license suspension, fines, ignition interlock devices and other consequences. As such, an experienced Pittsburgh DUI defense lawyer should always be called to fight the charges. Felony charges may be filed in some DUI cases, particularly those where an accident occurs that involves serious injury or death. Attorney Blaine Jones dedicates significant resources to representing clients facing felony driving charges in Allegheny County and the surrounding area. These charges include homicide while under the influence, aggravated assault while under the influence and felony DUI injury.

Criminal Defense: Felony Alcohol Violations in Pittsburgh

A thorough and aggressive defense must be established at the earliest stage of such cases. Building a solid case capable of winning acquittal in the courtroom permits us to negotiate from a position of strength. The state won't dismiss such charges, and is less likely to offer an acceptable plea resolution, as long as prosecutors believe they have the upper hand. Once it's established that we are ready to proceed to trial, more reasonable offers typically appear on the table. Through careful preparation and communication with the client, we can decide upon the best course of action. In some cases, taking an acceptable plea deal offers the best chance for positive resolution.

In those cases where it's necessary to go to trial to fight for the best outcome possible on behalf of a client, our trial preparation through the negotiation stage always serves us well.

  • Felony DUI Injury: This enhancement can be added to a DUI charge in cases where someone other than the defendant is injured in an accident.
  • Aggravated Assault while Under the Influence: Can result when a DUI case involves serious injury to someone other than the defendant.
  • Homicide while Under the Influence: Can be charged in a case involving death. A sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine is possible.

If you've been charged with driving under the influence, call Pittsburgh DUI attorney Blaine Jones for a confidential consultation. Our law firm represents clients in and around the Pittsburgh area (Allegheny County), and has handled thousands of cases throughout Western Pennsylvania.

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