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Florida law defines a DUI as operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. If you are arrested for DUI, you could be facing serious penalties. Depending on the circumstances, you could be facing a first-degree misdemeanor or a third-degree felony.
If you have been arrested for a second or third DUI, you could face harsher penalties. A third-degree felony can result in up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. A second-degree felony can result in up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. If you have been charged with a second or third DUI, you need a skilled DUI attorney.
What Are the Penalties for a Second DUI in Florida?
In Florida, a second DUI conviction carries significant penalties that are more severe than those for a first offense. These penalties can include:
License Suspension: A second DUI conviction results in a mandatory license suspension of at least five years. If the second offense occurs within five years of the first offense, the license suspension increases to 10 years.
Fines: The fines for a second DUI conviction range from $1,000 to $2,000. If the second offense occurs within five years of the first offense, the minimum fine increases to $2,000.
Jail Time: A second DUI conviction requires a mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail, with a maximum sentence of up to nine months. If the second offense occurs within five years of the first offense, the mandatory minimum jail time increases to 30 days.
Community Service: A second DUI conviction requires a mandatory minimum of 50 hours of community service, with a maximum of up to one year.
Ignition Interlock Device (IID): A second DUI conviction requires the installation of an IID on the offender's vehicle for at least one year. The offender is responsible for the cost of installing and maintaining the device.
DUI School: A second DUI conviction requires attendance at a DUI school for a minimum of 21 hours.
Probation: A second DUI conviction carries a mandatory probation period of at least one year, with a maximum of up to five years.
Vehicle Impoundment: A second DUI conviction can result in the impoundment of the offender's vehicle for 30 days.
Increased Insurance Premiums: A second DUI conviction can result in increased insurance premiums or the cancellation of an offender's policy.
It's important to note that these penalties are for a standard DUI conviction. If there are aggravating factors, such as a high blood alcohol concentration or an accident resulting in injury or death, the penalties can be even more severe. In addition to the criminal penalties, a second DUI conviction can have significant long-term consequences, including difficulty finding employment, difficulty obtaining a professional license, and difficulty traveling to certain countries.
What Are the Penalties for a Third DUI in Florida?
In Florida, a third DUI conviction within 10 years of the previous conviction is considered a felony. The penalties for a third DUI in Florida include:
- Mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail, up to a maximum of 5 years
- Mandatory fine of $2,000 to $5,000
- Revocation of driver's license for 10 years
- Mandatory ignition interlock device installation for 2 years after license reinstatement
- Mandatory completion of DUI school and treatment program
- Vehicle impoundment for 90 days
The penalties for a third DUI in Florida are more severe than for a first or second DUI. It is important to note that these penalties are just the minimum required by law, and a judge may impose additional penalties based on the specific circumstances of the case.
You Need an Attorney Who Has Experience with DUI Cases
At The Skier Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of DUI cases. Our founding attorney, Benjamin I. Skier, has been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association. We have a proven track record of success, and we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We have earned a reputation for being a fierce, relentless, and effective criminal defense firm. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights and your freedom.
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