Most DUIs are not considered a felony.
If you have been arrested for DUI, you can look on your citation or notice to appear to find out if you have been cited for a misdemeanor or felony DUI. If you see an “m” next to the charge listed, typically Vehicle Code Sections 23152(a) and 23152(b) - you are most likely looking at a misdemeanor.
In most felony DUI cases, you will need to post bail in order to be released from custody (jail). So, if you were released after being in custody for a few hours, this is a good sign the you were cited out for a misdemeanor DUI. Typically, felony DUI's involve a death, great bodily injury or in California, 3 convictions for DUI and/or wet reckless in a 10 year period.
The best way to find out exactly what you have been charged with or will be charged with, is to speak with an attorney the handles DUI cases exclusively.
For more information, or if you need a DUI attorney, contact us or give us a call at(877) 366-9440. Amy Morell Law is a highly-experienced DUI practice. We specialize exclusively in DUI; with over 17 years experience, we know the ins and outs of DUI defense.