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When a DUI is a Felony

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When a DUI is a Felony

California enforces some of the harshest felony driving under influence laws and penalties in the nation. In California, even with no prior DUI record, a “Watson murder,” or “implied malice” murder can be charged if a person drives recklessly and causes the death of another while under the influence. When no fatality occurs, a felony driving under influence charge – typically a misdemeanor in California – can be upgraded to a felony in several ways. For example, a fourth (or ...

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