DUI’s are charged as a felony if someone other than the driver was injured. It is also the type of crime that can be reduced to a misdemeanor, even if initially charged as a felony. If your girlfriend doesn’t have prior DUI convictions and the person who she hit was not badly injured, his/her attorney should make every effort to have the matter reduced to a misdemeanor. If she pleads to a felony and the matter is reduced to a misdemeanor after you complete probation, she’ll still have been convicted of a felony.
There are a number of things that can be done to help try and move it to a misdemeanor and a criminal defense attorney with a skilled team will be able to help you with the next steps.