What is a Level 6 Felony?
A Level 6 felony is the least serious kind of felony. Indiana has 6 levels of felonies plus murder.. The lower the number, the worse the crime. For example, burglary is a Level 4 felony and auto theft is a Level 6 felony.
OWI is also a Level 6 felony. It is one step up from a misdemeanor. OWI becomes a felony if you have a prior OWI within the past 5 years, or if you have a person under the age of 18 in the vehicle. One benefit of a Level 6 felony is discretion. The judge may agree to treat it as a Class A Misdemeanor. You need a good lawyer who knows how.
What is the Penalty for Level 6 Felony?
A Level 6 felony carries mandatory jail time due to prior convictions. The range of penalty can go be as low as 6 months. It can also be as high as 2 1/2 years. The sentence can be suspended, all except the mandatory statutory minimum. There are also fines up to $10,000.
Can my Level 6 Felony be Reduced?
The judge has the discretion to reduce your Level 6 felony. Your penalty goes way down. Potential jail time can be reduced to 1 year and your maximum fine can be $5000.Y
There are 3 ways your Level 6 felony can be reduced:
- At your sentencing hearing by a judge
- Pursuant to a Plea Agreement
- Potentially through a sentence modification.
Whether your Level 6 felony is reduced is dependent upon the plea agreement or the judge. There are multiple factors that can affect this possibility. This is why you need a skilled Indiana DUI lawyer to represent you.
Contact a DUI Defense Lawyer to Fight Your DUI Charge
Most misdemeanors do not carry a jail sentence. Whether you will actually face incarceration depends on your prior record and the judge. With DUI charges you don’t want to take a chance. Contact a defense lawyer for DUI at Rathburn Law Offices today for a consultation.