If you have previously been convicted of DUI the stakes increase. Ultimately, the minimum penalties for a second time DUI depend on when you were previously convicted of DUI.
If your prior conviction for DUI was within 5 years of this new arrest for DUI, the minimum penalties include 10 days in jail, that your license be suspended for 5 years, and the vehicle you were driving be impounded for thirty days. The minimum fine is also a $1000.00. The remainder of the minimum penalties are the same as for a first time DUI: That you be adjudicated guilty, serve 12 months of probation, 50 hours of community service, and take the appropriate DUI class (usually level II) (Click here to find information on this class floridasafety.org. You will also be required to have a device installed on your vehicle for a minimum of one year and up to two years known as an ignition interlock device. You must blow in this device to start your vehicle.
It is extremely important that you call an attorney immediately.. (407) 865-8888. A skilled, experienced, DUI lawyer can help you be found not guilty of DUI, or get you a reduced charge such as reckless driving.
If this arrest for DUI comes more then five years after the last conviction for DUI, the jail time mentioned above is not required. Further, the driver license suspension is for 6 months to 18 months depending on the specific facts of your case.
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