It is only a felony DUI with an accident in Vista Courts and throughout California if the accident was caused by the DUI driver and another person is injured or killed. If it is an accident with no one else injured other than the DUI driver, then it is still a misdemeanor. An accident, however can cause increased penalties even as a misdemeanor that are greater than a DUI without an accident.
A DUI can be either a misdemeanor or a felony not only in Vista, but anywhere in California. A misdemeanor is any crime where the maximum available custody is 1 year or less in county jail. A felony is any crime where the maximum available sentence includes state prison or prison commit in excess of 1 year, regardless whether the defendant gets any custody. A felony "Drunk Driving" is any case which includes an injury to another person negligently caused by an impaired driver or driver with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more. Also any fourth DUI within 10 years is a felony as is any DUI within 10 years of a felony DUI.
A felony DUI involves fault for an injury to another, a 4th DUI within 10 years, or any DUI where there is a prior felony DUI conviction within 10 years. If you have been charged with a felony DUI in Oceanside or anywhere in San Diego County, it is extremely serious and there are severe consequences which can include state prison, large fines, loss of license and restitution. Immediate action is required to achieve the best result. Contact us for a free consultation and a realistic appraisal of your case. We provide experienced professional individual DUI representation. There are important factors unique to each case which need to be addressed to achieve the best result, whether that is dismissal, reduced charges or minimized consequences. Let us help you get best result in your case.