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Is a DUI a Felony?

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and fact-checked by an addiction expert.

Clinically Reviewed By: Karen Williams, LPC

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and fact-checked by an addiction expert.

If you are wondering whether to drink or drive and ask yourself, “is a DUI a felony?” we encourage you to get help before making a decision that could permanently change your life or someone else’s.

If you’ve already received a DUI and you are looking for follow-up support, Cornerstone Healing Center’s DUI screening and online education program may be able to provide you with what you’re looking for.

That said, you may be looking this up for a loved one or to learn more about a situation you are already in. To answer the question: it depends.

It depends on the state you’re in, as all states have different laws, and it can even depend on the circumstances of the crime. Let’s take a look at the laws in both Arizona and California.

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Is a DUI a Felony in AZ?

Under Arizona law, a felony DUI can occur for a few reasons. These include:

  • If the DUI is committed by a person whose license is suspended
  • If someone receives 3 or more DUIs in 7 years
  • If the person drives the wrong way on the highway while committing a DUI
  • If there is a passenger under the age of 15
  • If the DUI is committed by someone with a restriction for an ignition interlock

These are all Class 4 felonies and each carries a 4-month minimum sentence in Arizona.

Is a DUI a Felony in California?

Under California law, felony DUIs occur:

  • If the person gets 4 DUIs in 10 years
  • If drunk driving causes serious injury or death
  • If you have already been charged with a felony DUI

Again, felony DUIs are more serious and can lead to up to 3 years in prison.

DUI Classes Right at Your Fingertips

Call to learn about our DUI assessments and online courses. We work directly with the courts and MVD to help you fulfill case requirements.

Getting Help for a DUI

A DUI is not something to ignore, it is a serious problem, and for some people dealing with one, it can be a sign of alcoholism. It may also be an indicator that it could be a recurring problem.

While you will need legal help for a DUI, you will also need support if you are given court-ordered treatment or alcohol education. 

If you are ordered to have a DUI screening, a behavioral health professional will talk and interview you to determine how many hours you will need to complete for your specific case. 

From there, treatment programs like Cornerstone Healing Center will work alongside the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to ensure they have the proper documentation for your completed hours.

We work directly with Arizona courts and the MVD to ensure the process is done correctly and efficiently. Please give our team a call today to learn more about how we can help, including our online alcohol education classes.

Cornerstone Healing Center’s Alcohol Rehab

If you or a loved one has a drug or alcohol problem or is dealing with a DUI charge, reach out to Cornerstone Healing Center. Cornerstone’s experts can help you conquer substance abuse and commit yourself to a new long-term sober lifestyle.

To learn more about Cornerstone’s alcohol treatment program, give our team a call today, and we can walk you through the process to better understand what to expect for you or your loved one.

DUI CLASSES RIGHT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Call to learn about our DUI assessments and online courses. We work directly with the courts and MVD to help you fulfill case requirements.

Questions about drug and alcohol treatment? We can answer your questions. 

Author: Cornerstone Content Team

Author: Cornerstone Content Team

Cornerstone's content team is comprised of writers with experience and expertise in addiction, treatment, and recovery.

Clinical Reviewer: Karen Williams, LPC

Clinical Reviewer: Karen Williams, LPC

Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years experience. She not only specializes in addiction, but is in recovery as well. Karen is our clinical director.

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