The Florida Highway Patrol and local police aggressively pursue drivers who have been drinking, and Florida has some of the harshest DUI penalties in the nation. A DUI conviction can result in incarceration, probation, fines, driver license suspension and installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. A conviction also can have long-term repercussions for your employment, relationships and finances. To avoid or reduce these consequences, it always makes sense to fight Mount Dora DUI penalties.
At Largey Law, our attorneys — both former public defenders — hold the state to its burden of proving every element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. We challenge evidence, such as Breathalyzer and field sobriety test results, videos, police reports and law enforcement officers’ testimony. Our DUI attorneys also take on underage drinking, DUI accident and vehicular homicide cases.
PENALTIES FOR A FIRST-TIME DUI CONVICTION
For many people, a DUI arrest is the one and only time they are ever in legal trouble. In fact, DUI defendants are often loving parents, hardworking students or dedicated professionals who have been law-abiding and conscientious their whole lives. However, even with a first-time DUI arrest, much is at stake.
If the Breathalyzer test registered a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher, a first-time DUI conviction carries a sentence of:
- Up to six months in jail
- $500 to $1000 fine
- Up to one year of probation
- Mandatory 50 hours of community service
- Driver license suspension for 180 days to one year
The 1st DUI penalties DUI penalties increase — including incarceration for up to nine months — if the driver’s BAC is 0.15 or greater, or if there is a minor in the car.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH SUBSEQUENT DUI CONVICTIONS?
The penalties increase for subsequent DUI convictions as follows:
Second DUI within five years can result in jail time of 10 days to nine months for a BAC of 0.08 or higher and up to one year for a BAC of 0.15 or higher.
Third DUI within ten years is a third-degree felony punishable by 30 days mandatory imprisonment and installation of an ignition interlock device.
Fourth DUI classifies the driver as a habitual offender and carries a sentence of up to five years imprisonment.
Don’t treat a felony DUI like a traffic ticket! Get the aggressive legal assistance you need by discussing penalties with a dedicated Mount Dora attorney.
SPEAK WITH AN ATTORNEY ABOUT MOUNT DORA DUI PENALTIES
Given the enhancement in penalties for multiple DUI offenses, it is imperative that you have an experienced lawyer to fight for you. Challenge your DUI charges with the help of Largey Law. Fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation. Because a DUI arrest can occur at any time, we offer weekend and evening appointments and can meet with you in your home or at the jail, if necessary.