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Felony DUI Defense

Prior DUI Convictions Will Result in Felony Charges

The District Court of Johnson County, Kansas is located in Olathe, KS.   Johnson County District Court has exclusive jurisdiciton over State Felony Offenses committed in the cities within Johnson County, including DeSoto, Gardner, Leawood, Lenexa. Mission, Merriam, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village and Shawnee.  Each of these cities will frequently elect to prosecute first and second DUI offenses, as these charges are Class “B” and Class “A” Misdemeanor offenses.  But Municipal Courts do not have jurisdiction over Felony matters.

In Kansas, a DUI offense is classified as an “unscored” Felony if a driver has 2 or more prior alcohol-related driving ‘occurrences’ in their criminal history. Please note that even though successful completion of a DUI Diversion is not technically a criminal “conviction” for purposes of criminal history, prior Diversions are deemed to be alcohol-related ‘occurrences’ and are counted for purposes of felony prosecution. So, if you successfully completed a Diversion program years ago while in college and later were found guilty of misdemeanor DUI in municipal court, those two ‘occurrences’ would both be counted for purposes of any future DUI prosecution as a Felony offense. A DUI may also be prosecuted as a Felony if the impaired driver is involved in an accident resulting in death or serious injury. These cases are often charged as aggravated battery and involuntary manslaughter. Conviction on a any felony DUI charge requires a mandatory minimum term of custody of 90 days and may result in a term of custody of up to one year. If death or serious bodily injury is involved, the sentence can be significantly longer.

If you are charged with a felony DUI, your fine and jail sentence length are determined by the number of scorable prior alcohol-related ‘occurrences’ you have – including any prior diversion for DUI, among other factors specific to the case. All prior DUI convictions and DUI diversions are now counted. It no longer matters where or how long ago any prior convictions occurred.

New Penalties for Felony DUI Convictions Effective July 1, 2012

Penalties for a Third Conviction Felony DUI

Third Conviction – At Least One Prior DUI in the Previous 10 Years: If you have 2 prior DUI convictions and at least one of those convictions occurred within the past 10 years, your third lifetime conviction for DUI is an “unscored felony.” The sentencing provisions are identical to the foregoing sentencing provision for a 3rd lifetime DUI with no prior DUI convictions in the previous 10 years. The mandatory minimum underlying sentence is 90 days in jail; however, the sentence can be as long as one full year. The defendant must serve at least 48 hours in custody before being eligible to serve the balance of the mandatory minimum sentence in a work release program or subject to house arrest with electronic monitoring. As with any DUI offense, completion of a substance abuse treatment program is required. The fine for a 3rd conviction ranges from $1,750.00 to $2,500.00.

At the administrative level for a Third Offense DUI, if a person is convicted of the DUI and submitted to, but failed the Intoxilyzer test by providing a sample of breath that tested positive for alcohol at or above .08%, but less than .149%, that person’s driving privileges are suspended for 1 full year followed by an additional 2 years of driving a vehicle only if said vehicle is equipped with an ignition interlock device. If the driver submitted to, but failed the Intoxilyzer test by providing a sample of breath that tested positive for alcohol at or above .150% or if the driver refused to submit to the intoxilyzer test, driving privileges are suspended for a full year, followed by an additional 3 years of driving a vehicle only if said vehicle is equipped with an ignition interlock device.

Fourth or Subsequent Conviction: A fourth lifetime conviction for DUI is also an “unscored felony.” The mandatory minimum sentence is 90 days and a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison. A person convicted of a fourth or subsequent DUI, however, must serve 72 consecutive hours (3 days) in jail before being eligible for a work release program or house arrest with electronic monitoring for the balance of the 90 day minimum term of confinement. The statutory fine for a 4th or subsequent lifetime DUI offense is $2,500.00.

At the administrative level for a Fourth Offense DUI, if a person is convicted of the DUI and submitted to, but failed the Intoxilyzer test by providing a sample of breath that tested positive for alcohol at or above .08%, but less than .149%, that person’s driving privileges are suspended for 1 full year followed by an additional 3 years of driving a vehicle only if said vehicle is equipped with an ignition interlock device. If the driver submitted to, but failed the Intoxilyzer test by providing a sample of breath that tested positive for alcohol at or above .150% driving privileges are suspended for a full year, followed by an additional 4 years of driving a vehicle only if said vehicle is equipped with an ignition interlock device. If the driver refused to submit to the intoxilyzer test, driving privileges are suspended for a full year, followed by an additional 5 years of driving a vehicle only if said vehicle is equipped with an ignition interlock device. At the administrative level for a Fifth or Subsequent Offense DUI, if a person is convicted of the DUI, that person’s driving privileges are suspended for 1 full year followed by 10 years of ignition interlock restriction, regardless of whether the driver submitted to or refused the Intoxilyzer test and regardless of whether the person provided a sample of breath that tested above or below .150% alcohol.

For more information, see my DUI Penalties page and my Kansas Driver’s License Suspension page.

Felony DUI Defense That Gets Results

I am a criminal defense attorney who strives to achieve the best possible results for people who face felony DUI charges due to prior convictions or other aggravating factors. I am a member of the National association of Criminal defense Lawyers, the Kansas association of Criminal defense Lawyers and the National College for DUI Defense.  In cases requiring forensic evidence and testimony, I work with only the very best nationally acclaimed forensic experts to ensure the strongest defense for my clinets.  Let my knowledge and experience work for you.  My law firm is based in Overland Park, Kansas. I serve the citizens of Kansas City, Lenexa, Shawnee, Olathe, Mission Hills, Merriam and all surrounding communities of Johnson County and Wyandotte County, as well as Jackson County, Missouri.

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