"Am I facing jail time?" At the Whited Law Firm, this is a question we often hear from people after a second, third or fourth drunk driving arrest. People realize that the penalties become more severe with each arrest, but they are often shocked to find out how much really is at risk.
If a person has three prior convictions for DUI (including convictions for drunk driving in other states), the person may be prosecuted for Felony DUI. It is a third-degree felony, level-six offense, which means that you could face as many as five years in the state prison. Florida's Sentencing Guidelines apply. The mandatory minimum fine is $1,000 and cannot exceed $5,000.
A fourth or subsequent conviction will result in a mandatory permanent driver's license suspension. For many Florida residents, losing a driver's license has an especially severe impact on their lives. Without a driver's license, it is difficult for many people to get to work. If you drive for a living and lose your CDL, you could lose your income.
At the Whited Law Firm, in Daytona Beach, we are a full-service DUI law firm. When we take your case, we handle all aspects of it, including your defense in criminal proceedings as well as administrative hearings to protect your driver's license.
As of July 1, 2002, a third conviction for DUI is a felony if the date of the current offense is within 10 years of the second conviction. This means that past DUI convictions can count against you — even if they happened 10 years ago. That's why it is important to take a DUI arrest seriously, even if it is your first offense. Many people plead guilty to a misdemeanor first DUI offense. When the unthinkable happens and they are arrested again, they face more serious consequences than they would if they had fought the first DUI. Contact a Daytona Beach Prior Felony DUI Attorney If you have been accused of driving under the influence, talking with a lawyer is critical. Schedule an appointment with one of our Florida DUI attorneys by calling 386-253-7865 or completing our online contact form. We offer free, confidential and non-judgmental consultations to answer your questions and discuss the options available to you. We welcome your call.