Multiple DUI

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Defense Lawyers for Second, Third & Subsequent DUI Charges

According to the National Department of Transportation, about one-third of all DUI arrests are for repeat offenses. Because DUI is relatively common in Florida, the state has taken precautions to punish repeat violations severely. If you have been charged with multiple DUI offenses within 10 years of your first DUI conviction, you will face exponentially harsher penalties

With each subsequent DUI, you will face even more severe consequences. These can be devastating and should not be treated lightly; if you are at risk of a second, third, or even fourth DUI conviction, secure the legal aid of an experienced Tampa DUI lawyer. By working closely with an attorney familiar with this area of the law, you can begin to build your defense from the foundation up. Whether looking into faulty tests or questioning whether or not there was even reasonable cause for the traffic stop, we can fight to protect you.

Potential Penalties of Multiple DUI Convictions

Second DUI Conviction

  • $1,000 to $2,000 in fines
  • Up to 9 months in jail
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Minimum 5-year driver's license revocation

Third DUI Conviction

  • Fine of more than $2,000 and less than $5,000
  • Imprisonment of a minimum of 30 days
  • Impoundment of vehicle for 90 days
  • Driver license revocation for a minimum of 10 years
  • Mandatory completion of DUI Level II Class

Fourth DUI Offense

  • Felony charges for the fourth offense
  • Up to 5 years in state prison
  • Fines of up to $5,000
  • Deportation for non-U.S. citizens
  • Probable revocation of driving privileges

Other Penalties for DUI with Prior Convictions

In addition to legal penalties, those convicted of multiple DUI offenses face problems like social ostracism, job loss, strained personal relationships, and damaged reputations. Other penalties may include community service, higher insurance rates, attendance in DUI school, and possible deportation of non-U.S. citizens.

DUI Level II Classes

After being convicted for drunk driving, a driver will be required to participate in a Florida Licensed DUI Program. The purpose of these classes is to educate offenders about the dangers of driving under the influence. The DUI classes are also required to acquire a license following an administrative suspension. For first-time offenders, they will be allowed to participate in a Level 1 Class (12 hours), but those with prior convictions will need to enroll in Level II Class (21 hours).

Hardship License in Florida

One of the most challenging things to face following an arrest is the possibility of having your license suspended by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. This is especially true for repeat offenders. In fact, in Florida, having a second offense within five years of your first will result in a five-year suspension. A third within ten years will result in a ten-year suspension. This does not mean that you will not be allowed to ever drive during your suspension. In some cases, you may be eligible to apply for a hardship license which will allow you to drive to places you must go, such as work, school, church, and the doctor. Also known as a provisional driver’s license, it is split into two separate categories for business and employment.

Exploring Alternative Sentencing Options

When facing multiple DUI charges, it's crucial to understand that there may be alternative sentencing options available to you. These options can help mitigate the consequences of your DUI convictions and potentially provide a more favorable outcome. At Thomas & Paulk, our Tampa multiple DUI defense lawyers have extensive experience navigating the legal system and advocating for our clients' rights. 

We can explore alternative sentencing options that may include:

  • Probation: Instead of serving jail time, you may be eligible for probation.
  • Diversion Programs: In some cases, you may be eligible for diversion programs that offer rehabilitation and treatment instead of traditional penalties.
  • Ignition Interlock Device: Depending on the circumstances, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, allowing you to continue driving while ensuring sobriety.
  • Community Service: The court may offer the option of completing community service hours in lieu of or in addition to other penalties such as jail time.

By working with our team, we can assess your unique situation and determine the most appropriate alternative sentencing options. We can advocate for your rights and fight to achieve the best possible outcome. Contact Thomas & Paulk to discuss your multiple DUI defense options and protect your future!

Why Hire a Tampa Multiple DUI Defense Lawyer?

With a previous DUI conviction, the odds are stacked against you. The criminal courts will be especially harsh if you were still under probation from the last conviction, and a jury will be less inclined to side in favor of the defense if the defendant is not prepared to fight for their future. Our attorneys know how to increase your chances of success. At Thomas & Paulk, we have seen firsthand the consequences of multiple DUI convictions, and we are completely devoted to ensuring that our clients are defended properly.

If you choose to work with our firm, you can breathe easier knowing your future is in trustworthy hands. Call (813) 321-7323 today!

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the consequences of a second DUI conviction in Tampa, FL?

$1,000 to $2,000 in fines, up to 9 months in jail, community service, probation and a minimum 5-year driver's license revocation.

What are the consequences of a third DUI conviction in Tampa, FL?

Fine of more than $2,000 and less than $5,000; imprisonment of a minimum of 30 days; impoundment of vehicle for 90 days; driver license revocation for a minimum of 10 years; mandatory completion of DUI Level II Class.

What are the consequences for fourth or higher DUI offenses in Tampa, FL?

Felony charges with up to 5 years in state prison; fines up to $5.000; deportation for non-U.S. citizens and probable revocation of driving privileges.

Are there any other penalties associated with multiple DUIs?

In addition to legal penalties those convicted may face social ostracism job loss strained personal relationships and damaged reputations. Other penalties may include community service higher insurance rates attendance at DUI school and possible deportation.

Will I need to attend classes if convicted with multiple DUIs?

Yes after being convicted drivers will be required to participate in a Florida Licensed DUI Program as part of their punishment. The purpose is educational but it is also required by the state as part condition regaining one's license following an administrative suspension.

Leading DUI Attorneys

Facing charges for a second, third, or subsequent DUI will put your future in jeopardy. Act fast and exercise your right to legal counsel by contacting our team at Thomas & Paulk. Our attorneys have extensive experience defending clients against multiple DUI charges.

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