Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense that can have serious consequences. In New York, a DUI can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. A standard first offense is usually charged as a misdemeanor, but if the driver has previous convictions or causes serious injury or death, they may face felony charges. In some states, a DUI can be charged as a felony if the driver had a particularly high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or was carrying children while driving under the influence of alcohol.
A felony DUI conviction can result in longer license suspension periods, higher fines, and longer jail sentences than a misdemeanor conviction. It is important to understand the laws in your state and to seek legal help if you are facing DUI charges.