The simple answer to this is “Maybe.”
It is important to get a quality DUI Attorney who knows how to truly handle people with prior felony convictions.
Most attorneys don’t want to deal with the complexity that comes with researching the issue of a prior felony conviction.
Most attorneys will just rely on the prosecutor's assertion that your prior felony conviction can be used against you, but that is the work of an attorney that really doesn’t care about you, and doesn’t care about fighting the case.
Just because a prosecutor alleges a prior felony conviction doesn’t mean that it can really be used against you, or that it can be used against you to "enhance" your sentence - give you more prison time.
Generally speaking, a prior felony conviction for a non-DUI criminal offense can be used against a person when they are charged with Aggravated DUI (felony). A prior felony conviction does not have to be a prior felony DUI conviction in order for it to be used against a person.
However, it is all in the way the prosecutor can legally use a prior felony conviction against you.
This is why it is very important to contact an Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer.
An Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer knows the ins and outs of researching whether and how a prior felony conviction can be used against you in your current DUI case.
This can literally mean the difference between a few days in jail, and a few years in prison!
If you are currently charged with, or expect to get charged with, a Misdemeanor DUI or Felony DUI, it is important to talk to an Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer as soon as possible.
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