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Being convicted of a DUI in Florida carries serious consequences. The number of lives lost each year to drunken driving means even the first offense will result in mandatory punishments. People who are convicted of multiple Florida DUIs face lengthier prison sentences and heavier fines. Here is a breakdown of potential DUI penalties in the Sunshine State:
First time DUI conviction will carry the following penalties:
A 2nd DUI conviction may carry a harsher penalty including:
A 3rd DUI conviction may carry an even harsher penalty including:
After a 4th or subsequent DUI conviction you will be considered a habitual/violent offender and face up to 5 years in prison. Additionally your driver’s license will be permanently revoked with no opportunity for a hardship reinstatement.
If certain circumstances are met, some people may try to obtain a hardship driver’s license reinstatement after a Florida DUI conviction. You may be eligible for a hardship reinstatement if:
If you are convicted of DUI Manslaughter With No Prior DUI Related Conviction (Permanent Revocation): You may be eligible for hardship reinstatement 5 years after the date of revocation if you:
1. Have not been arrested for a drug-related offense for at least 5 years prior to the hearing;
2. Have not driven a motor vehicle without a license for at least 5 years prior to the hearing;
3. Have been alcohol and drug-free for at least 5 years prior to the hearing; and
4. Complete DUI school and are supervised under the DUI program for the remainder of the revocation period (failure to report for counseling or treatment shall result in cancellation of the hardship license).
5. Install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for two years.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified drunk driving lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local drunk driving attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.