Are you being charged with Driving Under the Influence and have a prior conviction for Driving Under the Influence within the past ten years?
If you're convicted of Driving Under the Influence and you have a prior conviction for DUI then you will face stiffer fines, more time in jail, and more intensive DUI school. Additionally if you've had three prior DUIs in the past 10 years you can be charged with a Felony DUI and can face up to three years in prison.
If you're convicted of a DUI with one or two priors in the past 10 years you will face up to one year in jail. The Court will often grant probation and put you in jail for several days or weeks (although usually substantially less than the one year maximum.) In addition to extra jailtime you will have to take a DUI class that lasts at least 18 months. The DMV usually will not grant a restricted license if you've had more than one DUI. If you've had three DUIs in ten years you could lose your license for years.
If you've got three or more prior DUIs in the past 10 years then you can be charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence. If convicted of a Felony DUI with three priors you could face up to three years in prison, face stiff fines, and lose your license for years.
A felony DUI is a very serious offense. Not only could you spend time in prison, but you might lose the right to vote and to own a firearm as well. A skilled DUI defense attorney can try to help get your felony DUI reduced to a misdemeanor.
If its not possible to get your Felony DUI reduced to a misdemeanor a good criminal defense attorney may be able to help you get probation with jailtime or community service instead of a minimum 16 month prison sentence.
An experienced DUI lawyer is a MUST when it comes to a DUI with Priors. Sometimes your DUI Defense Trial Attorney can get a prior DUI "stricken" for sentencing purposes. This means your attorney may be able to get you sentenced as if you had not been convicted of prior DUI offenses. Often this could involve substantially less jailtime and less DMV school.