When first arrested, it may be that the reports were not even written and its likely that no investigation was begun in earnest. You can be re-charged as felony if the DA believes that he can support a higher level of aggravation.
You need to hire an attorney immediately and set him to work negotiating to KEEP this a misdemeanor. In general misdemeanor DUI's in Long beach are prosecuted by the city prosecutor's office. If your attorney can make early contact there and show that he's wiling to work with the city prosecutor (which may include restitution for the damage), it might help. However, the homeowner is probably poised to raise questions about how this is handled, so earlier resolution may be better. City prosecutor's office gets a lot of ink and you have a significant volume of background reading if you are so inclined.
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The charge can be changed by the prosecutor to a felony if the facts support a felony. Injury is one way as you point out, so lack of any injury is good news. Its best to consult counsel now to start preparing for court, and to setup the APS hearing with the DMV.
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"Simply" crashing into a building cannot by itself alone amount to a felony DUI no matter how drunk you are! Felony DUI is very specific offense and applies only to causing bodily injury to others, not injury to yourself, and not injury to property. There ARE other possible legal FELONY DUI situations but they do not apply to your stated first offense DUI. That is the answer to your question but it doesn't mean that you don't need legal help, but the answer might help you get some sleep! g
As long as no.ome was injured it is very unlikely that this would be amended to a felony. Make ni mistake.about it, it will be filed and you still have to.contend with the dmv but what ditunquishes a fitst DUI as a felony is causing bodily injury
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