Orlando Multiple-Offense DUI Lawyer
Defending Drivers in Orlando & the Surrounding Counties
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a serious offense that puts you at risk for harsh penalties, including license suspension or revocation. When a driver is convicted on second, third, or subsequent DUI offenses, the consequences increase.
Prosecutors and judges take a hard stance on repeat DUI arrests and convictions. Being charged with a subsequent DUI should not be taken lightly. You will need a serious and proven defender in your corner if you wish to have a fighting chance of obtaining an optimum outcome. At the Law Office of Guy H. Gilbert, you can work with a DUI lawyer who has the experience, courtroom skills, and resources needed to create a legal strategy aimed at the best possible result. Our attorney will work tirelessly on your behalf at every stage of the legal process.
Charged with a repeat DUI offense in or around Orlando? Connect with the Law Office of Guy H. Gilbert online or at (321) 415-4104 to book your free initial consultation.
Repeat DUI Charges & Penalties in Florida
Whether you are charged with a repeat DUI will depend on the “lookback” period connected with your record. If you are arrested for a second DUI within five years of your first DUI conviction, you will face the penalties of second DUI. If you are arrested for a third DUI within 10 years of a second conviction, you will face third DUI penalties. These penalties increase with each subsequent conviction.
The basic multiple DUI penalties are as follows:
- Second offenses: These are charged as misdemeanors unless you caused injury to others. Penalties include a minimum 10 days in jail, with the potential of jail time of up to nine months, fines of $1,000 to $2,000, loss of your license for five years or more, the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for up to two years, and a 30-day impoundment of your vehicle. You may be able to obtain a restricted license after a year if you take a substance abuse course.
- Third offenses: Third offenses are charged as felonies if one or both of your prior convictions occurred within the prior 10 years. If your prior convictions occurred more than 10 years ago, you will be charged with a misdemeanor. Penalties can range from 30 days up to a year or more in prison, fines of $2,000 to $5,000, loss of your license for up to 10 years, a two-year minimum use of an ignition interlock device, and a 90-day or longer vehicle impoundment. You can petition the court for a restricted license after 24 months but only while remaining under a DUI-supervised program.
- Fourth offenses: These are charged as felonies, regardless of when your last conviction occurred.
Any multiple DUI charge that is “aggravated” by a BAC measured at .15% or higher; driving with a minor in the vehicle; or causing property damage, a severe injury, or death will result in increased penalties.
At the Law Office of Guy H. Gilbert, we focus a major part of our practice on DUI cases, which has given us an in-depth understanding of how local prosecutors and judges operate. Let us use our experience and dedication to client results to help you obtain the best possible outcome.
Call us at (321) 415-4104 for a complimentary consultation about your charge or contact us online to get started today.
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