Second Offense: What DUI Penalties Should I Expect?

Driving under the influence is illegal in all 50 states, but the DUI penalties in Clearwater may not be the same as those in Atlanta. Florida has strict DUI laws, and an alleged second-time offender in this state faces more stringent ramifications.

In the unfortunate event you are facing charges for a second offense, it is important to know that the time since your previous conviction is taken into consideration. Consequences for charges that happen within a 5-year period of a previous conviction are more severe than those that occur after that period.

Within 5 Years

Here are the DUI penalties for those convicted a second time within the 5-year period:

  • Revocation of License: at least 5 years
    • You can apply for a hardship license after the first year
  • Vehicle Impoundment: 30 days at minimum
  • Fine: Between $1,000 and $2,000
  • Imprisonment: From 10 days to 9 months, at least 48 hours must be consecutive
  • Revocation of License: from 180 days up to a year
    • Without eligibility for early hardship reinstatement
  • Vehicle Impoundment: no less than 10 days
  • Fine: no less than $500 up to $1,000
  • Imprisonment: up to 9 months

After 5 Years

For those convicted beyond the fifth year, these are the consequences in Clearwater:

  • Revocation of License: from 180 days up to a year
    • Without eligibility for early hardship reinstatement
  • Vehicle Impoundment: no less than 10 days
  • Fine: no less than $500 up to $1,000
  • Imprisonment: up to 9 months

In both instances attendance of a multiple offender course and installation of an ignition interlock device for a 1-year minimum will be mandated. There is also a requirement to undergo an evaluation that will determine whether or not counseling or treatment is needed.

Flint Law Firm

In an already stressful time, finding a lawyer can seem like an overwhelming task. However, it is crucial to find the right attorney best suited to help you. There is a lot on the line and having someone who is knowledgeable of local laws, who has experience trying similar cases with DUI penalties, and who has established relationships with Clearwater courts will be pivotal in seeking a favorable outcome.

Scott Flint has years of experience fighting against DUI penalties in Clearwater and can help set you at ease with a free consultation. If you are ready to schedule your consultation or just want more information, call Flint Law at 727-483-8404.