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Penalties for Multiple DUI Offenses in Florida

The state of Florida has harsh penalties for any type of DUI offense. The consequences for a first drunk driving conviction are serious, but they increase in severity for second and subsequent offenses. The exact penalties for subsequent offenses depend on the amount of time that has passed between offenses and the Blood Alcohol Level (BAL) of the defendant. If you have received a second, third or fourth DUI charge, team up with a Gainesville DUI lawyer from Kinsell Law Firm right away. The penalties that you may be facing include:

Second DUI Offense:

  • Jail time:
  • Up to nine months if the BAL was between .08 and .15
  • Up to 12 months if the BAL was above .15 or if a minor was in the vehicle
  • At least 10 days if the offense is within five years of a previous DUI offense
  • Fines:
  • Between $1,000-$2,000 if the BAL was between .08 and .15
  • Between $2,000-$4,000 if BAL was above .15 or if a minor was in the vehicle
  • License suspension for five years if the offense was within five years of the previous DUI
  • Suspension is eligible for Hardship Reinstatement after one year
  • Ignition Interlock Device for at least one year
  • 30 day vehicle impound

Third DUI Offense:

  • Charged as a third degree felony if within 10 years of previous DUI
  • Jail time:
  • Minimum of 30 days and up to 12 months
  • Fines:
  • Between $2,000-$5,000 if BAL was between .08 and .15
  • $4,000 minimum if BAL was above .15 or if a minor was in the vehicle
  • License suspension for 10 years if the offense was within 10 years of the previous DUI
  • Suspension is eligible for hardship after two years
  • Ignition Interlock Device for at least two years
  • 90 day vehicle impound

Fourth DUI Offense:

  • Minimum $2,000 fine
  • Up to five years in jail
  • Licenses suspension for life without Hardship Reinstatement

These offenses hold strict penalties, you need the help of a skilled DUI lawyer in Gainesville to assist you in your case. You may be able to plead to a lesser offense than DUI in Florida. Wet reckless is a conviction of reckless driving involving alcohol that has lesser penalties than a DUI. When it comes to multiple DUI offenses; however, a prior wet reckless offense can be considered a prior drunk driving conviction.

Facing a multiple DUI conviction in Gainesville, FL? Contact a Gainesville DUI attorney from our firm for the aggressive representation that you need. Kinsell Law Firm offers a free case evaluation so you can ask questions and discuss your DUI case at no cost to you! Call our firm today for help!