I get calls all the time from people who have lots of very specific questions about drunk driving penalties. And I always try to answer them as accurately possible.
Is an OUI a felony? No, a 1st or 2nd offense OUI is a misdemeanor offense. Only a 3rd offense or greater is a felony charge.
Almost always, that question is just a fear that a charge is a felony, and that could cause the person to lose their job or make it difficult to get another job.
But one of my most important responsibilities as a defense lawyer has is to help clients understand what is happening, and get them to relax a little and feel as comfortable as possible.
An OUI arrest puts you in a very unfamiliar and stressful situation. Everyone is nervous and trying to grapple with what has happened to them. [Read more…]