Question: Are DUI’s filed as misdemeanors or felonies? Does it make a difference in what Court I am in? Mine is in San Fernando Court.

Answer: Usually DUI charges are filed as misdemeanors. There are exceptions, for instance, if this is a 4th or more DUI charge, or there was an accident involving injury (VC 23153), then it can be filed as a felony. Although it can make a difference what court your case is filed in, if you have a first offense DUI in San Fernando court, and there was no accident with injury involved, it will not be filed as a felony.


Phil Hache
DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney
Handling DUI and Criminal matters throughout Courts in Southern California including Van Nuys, San Fernando, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Metro, Bellflower, Alhambra, Malibu, Compton, Inglewood and other Courts.
Office in Sherman Oaks