Short Answer: A person found guilty of DUI/DWI can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony in most states. Often this is at the discretion of the prosecutor or judge. Many factors are considered when you are being charged but the vast majority of DUI convictions result in a felony.
After you are arrested for DUI or DWI you will arraigned. During this phase you will learn as to whether the DUI/DWI charges will be dropped or if you will be prosecuted and have a trial to determine your guilt and sentence if found guilty.
If you have been arrested or convicted of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) you will have many questions and fears such as:
- Will I have a criminal background and how will that affect my life?
- Is a DUI felony or misdemeanor?
- Will I be sentenced to jail or prison time?
- What is the worst case scenario?
- Will I have to go to trial?
- Will I lose my drivers license.