The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are very severe in Florida. The extent of the penalty will intensify for every subsequent offense and will increase based on how intoxicated a person was at the time of the accident. If a drunk driver managed to get into an accident, hurt someone, or kill someone during their illegal road trip they will be charged separately for these other crimes accordingly.
Drunk driving should never be taken lightly. Not only because it kills so many people on a yearly basis and it is so dangerous for oneself and the rest of society, but also because of how intense the legal penalties are for getting caught behind the wheel while intoxicated. Anyone who has been caught for DUI should call a DUI lawyer to determine what defenses they are eligible to make in court.
For a first-time DUI offense, a person can be forced to pay between $500-$1000 while facing a few days up to 6 months of jail time. A second-time offense is taken a lot more seriously by the law than the first. For a second-time DUI offense, a person will have to pay $1000-$2000 in fines and if their blood alcohol level was 0.15% or more then the fine jumps to $2000-$4000. They can also face jail time of up to 9 months and if there was an accident involved, then they can face jail time of up to one year. An accident with a larger vehicle, such as a truck may lead to more intense penalization.
A second DUI conviction will further cause a person to face 180 days to one year of probation, a maximum of 5 years drivers license revocation, and result in a person having to install an Ignition Interlock Device into their vehicle. Also, if the second DUI conviction occurred within 5 years of the previous one then they will have to undergo mandatory imprisonment of no less than 10 days. The more times a person is caught for DUI, the more intense their penalties become.
For a fourth time DUI conviction, a person can face up to 5 years in state prison and fines of up to $5000. DUI arrests should never be taken lightly and if a person is falsely accused or even if they are caught deservingly, they should get in touch with a lawyer to explore the legal avenues they have that can lighten their final sentencing.
Certain defenses can be brought up to try and prove that a person was not at fault for DUI, or that they were not DUI in the first place. For example, an attorney may defend a person in court saying they were in dire need to drive due to being in a dangerous situation which is why they had to get behind the wheel even while intoxicated.
A lawyer may also try to lift a person’s penalty by claiming the devices the police officers used to measure the BAC was not accurate and had therefore given faulty results. If the arrest occurred illegally then an attorney can also put brutality allegations against the officer, and in turn, lead to the case being overlooked in court.