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Defense Lawyers for Second, Third & Subsequent DUI Charges
According to the National Department of Transportation, about one-third of all DUI arrests are for repeat offenses. Because DUI is relatively common in Florida, the state has taken precautions to punish repeat violations severely. If you have been charged with multiple DUI offenses within 10 years of your first DUI conviction, you will face exponentially harsher penalties.
With each subsequent DUI, you will face even more severe consequences. These can be devastating and should not be treated lightly; if you are at risk of a second, third, or even fourth DUI conviction, secure the legal aid of an experienced Tampa DUI lawyer. By working closely with an attorney familiar with this area of the law, you can begin to build your defense from the foundation up. Whether looking into faulty tests or questioning whether or not there was even reasonable cause for the traffic stop, we can fight to protect you.
Consequences of Multiple DUI Convictions
Second DUI Conviction
- $1,000 to $2,000 in fines
- Up to 9 months in jail
- Community service
- Minimum 5-year driver's license revocation
Third DUI Conviction
- Fine of more than $2,000 and less than $5,000
- Imprisonment of a minimum of 30 days
- Impoundment of vehicle for 90 days
- Driver license revocation for a minimum of 10 years
- Mandatory completion of DUI Level II Class
Fourth DUI Offense
- Felony charges for the fourth offense
- Up to 5 years in state prison
- Fines of up to $5,000
- Deportation for non-U.S. citizens
- Probable revocation of driving privileges
Other Penalties for DUI with Prior Convictions
In addition to legal penalties, those convicted of multiple DUI offenses face problems like social ostracism, job loss, strained personal relationships, and damaged reputations. Other penalties may include community service, higher insurance rates, attendance in DUI school, and possible deportation of non-U.S. citizens.
DUI Level II Classes
After being convicted for drunk driving, a driver will be required to participate in a Florida Licensed DUI Program. The purpose of these classes is to educate offenders about the dangers of driving under the influence. The DUI classes are also required to acquire a license following an administrative suspension. For first-time offenders, they will be allowed to participate in a Level 1 Class (12 hours), but those with prior convictions will need to enroll in Level II Class (21 hours).
Hardship License in Florida
One of the most challenging things to face following an arrest is the possibility of having your license suspended by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. This is especially true for repeat offenders. In fact, in 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 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 which will allow you to drive to places you must go, such as work, school, church, and the doctor. Also known as a provisional driver’s license, it is split into two separate categories for business and employment.
Why Hire a Tampa Multiple DUI Defense Lawyer?
With a previous DUI conviction, the odds are stacked against you. The criminal courts will be especially harsh if you were still under probation from the last conviction, and a jury will be less inclined to side in favor of the defense if the defendant is not prepared to fight for their future. Our attorneys know how to increase your chances of success. At Thomas & Paulk, we have seen firsthand the consequences of multiple DUI convictions, and we are completely devoted to ensuring that our clients are defended properly.
If you choose to work with our firm, you can breathe easier knowing your future is in trustworthy hands. Call (813) 321-7323 today!
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Facing charges for a second, third, or subsequent DUI will put your future in jeopardy. Act fast and exercise your right to legal counsel by contacting our team at Thomas & Paulk. Our attorneys have extensive experience defending clients against multiple DUI charges.
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