Federal DUI Charges

Arrests that take place in national parks are governed by the Code of Federal Regulations. The Code of Federal Regulations considers driving under the influence to be a Class B misdemeanor. A Class B misdemeanor carries with it the following penalties: 6 months of incarceration in a federal penitentiary, fines of up to $5000, and up to five years of probation.

Anytime a crime is committed on federal property, it is considered a federal crime and prosecuted in federal court. Driving under the influence cases are no exception.  If you are arrested while driving under the influence on federal property you need to be aware of the differences between state and federal prosecution. Federal property includes: military bases, national parks, some airport property, government buildings, federal courthouses, and United States Post Offices.

Arrests that take place in national parks are governed by the Code of Federal Regulations. The Code of Federal Regulations considers driving under the influence to be a Class B misdemeanor. A Class B misdemeanor carries with it the following penalties: 6 months of incarceration in a federal penitentiary, fines of up to $5000, and up to five years of probation.

Arrests which take place on federally owned land other than national parks, will be prosecuted through the Assimilative Crimes Act. Those persons arrested for driving under the influence on federal lands other than national parks may be subject to punishment under both the federal and state law.

The federal DUI process is very similar to the state DUI process; however, the matter is prosecuted by an Assistant United States Attorney rather than a Deputy District Attorney. Those prosecuted in federal court are subject to the same sentence enhancements as those charged in state court. The following can result in additional sentencing penalties: refusal to submit to a chemical test, excessive speed, reckless driving, minor under 14 in the vehicle, and bodily injury to another party.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a federal DUI, it is important that you contact an attorney familiar with the federal court process. A defense attorney trained in federal DUI charges will best be able to assess your situation and protect your rights. Contact Attorney Parker, the DUI Professor, today to receive the individualized and compassionate legal representation that you deserve!