Driving while intoxicated, or under the influence of alcohol, can carry serious criminal consequences. In most cases, only a misdemeanor conviction is applicable. If a driver whose conduct results in an accident involving another person, another vehicle or property the offense is labeled a felony.
Both misdemeanors and felonies should not be taken lightly although felonies only differ in terms of their consequences and lasting effects. These consequences are in addition to fines that are proportionate to the level and severity of the incident. Aside from local or municipality fines, the court could also assess restitution for any damages that incurred as a result of an accident.
In the state of Georgia, the severity of the crime becomes irrelevant once the defendant reaches their fourth offense in a ten-year period. Regardless of whether or not it involved an accident, once this point is reached, it is considered a felony.
Do not, for any reason, try to handle this on your own. Immediately call your Marietta DUI attorney at Webb & D'Orazio for assistance in your case.