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Multiple DUI Offenses

Understanding Penalties for DUI with Prior Convictions

There are set penalties an individual will receive for driving under the influence. Certain factors cause penalties to increase, such as multiple DUI offenses, the presence of minors, or accidents that resulted in the injury or death of another person. In addition to legal penalties, many individuals convicted of DUI face problems outside of the courtroom, including social ostracism, job loss, limited future opportunities, strained personal relationships, damaged reputations, and loss of community.

These increased penalties will include extended jail time, stiffer fines, as well as longer suspensions of driver's licenses. It will also include probation, vehicle impoundment and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device into all vehicles of the defendant. Other penalties that may be imposed include the following:

  • Community service;
  • Higher insurance rates;
  • Attendance in DUI school; and
  • Possible deportation for non U.S. citizens

About DUI Level II Classes

After being convicted for drunken or drugged driving, it is likely that you will be required to participate in a Florida Licensed DUI Program. These can be used to help offenders with education regarding their offense, as well as treatment. It is also used to meet the requirements set forward by the state both for criminal penalties, as well as mandates to acquire licensed following an Administrative Suspension.

For first time offenders, they will be allowed to participate in a Level I Class (12 hours), but for someone with prior convictions, they will need to be enrolled in a Level II Class (21 hours). According to the Florida Safety Council, the goal of this program is the following:

"To identify those who may be harmfully involved with alcohol and other drugs and to educate all drivers with DUI related convictions about the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving."

Are you eligible for a hardship license in Florida?

One of the most difficult aspects to face following a conviction is the possibility of having your license suspended by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). This is especially true for repeat offenders. In fact, in the state of Florida, having a second offense within five years of your first will result in a five year suspension. A third within ten years will result in a ten year suspension.

This, however, does not mean that you will not be allowed to ever drive during your suspension.

In some cases, you may be eligible to apply for a hardship license. This will allow for you to drive to places that you are required to go; for example, to work, school, church and the doctor. This is also known as a provisional driver's license and is split into two separate categories for business and employment. If you would like to learn more about hardship licenses and qualifications, please click here.

Get Aggressive Defense for Your Legal Rights

In addition to initial penalties, convictions leave a mark on your criminal record for life. For this reason, if you have been charged with DUI, it's vital to retain the services of an experienced attorney. At Thomas & Paulk, we can negotiate with judges and prosecutors to get your charges and penalties reduced or dropped. Furthermore more, we provide all of our clients with viable options, multiple resources and aggressive representation.

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