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What Are the Penalties for a Second-Offense DUI?

What Are the Penalties for a Second-Offense DUI?

Repeated DUI offenses can have serious penalties in the state of Florida. The consequences of a second-offense DUI usually include heavy fines, license suspension, vehicle impounding, and the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle. An interlock device is a breath-test machine, also known as a breathalyzer, that is connected to a vehicle’s ignition system. With it installed, the vehicle won’t start until the driver breaths into the IID and passes the breath test. There is also mandatory jail time for drivers who are convicted of a second DUI charge within five years of their first conviction.

Administrative Penalties

In most cases, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will suspend the license of the driver who was arrested for driving under the influence. If the driver had a BAC of .08% or more, the license suspension will be for 1 year if the driver already has a DUI charge within the last 5 years. However, there are cases where drivers can get a “hardship” license that allows them to drive to and from work, school, and medical appointments. Hardship licenses are usually available after completing the first 30 days of suspension.

Criminal Penalties

There are various criminal penalties that a repeat DUI offender might be hit with, including:

  • Fines
  • Jail Time
  • Vehicle impounding

Typically, second DUI fines range from $1,000 to $2,000. However, this may vary depending on the circumstances. If another passenger or driver suffered injuries, fines can be up to $5,000. DUI second-offenders with previous convictions within the last 5 years have a required minimum of a 10-day jail sentence. There are situations where jail times may be longer. In addition, the driver’s car may be impounded for up to 30 days.

Contact a Ft. Lauderdale DUI Defense Attorney

If you have been previously convicted of DUI and charged with a second one, it is vital to contact a DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible. At Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. our legal team can help you through this complex process and help you get your charges dropped. Call our defense lawyers today to get started.

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Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
  • Domestic Violence With 911 Call and Pictures
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
  • False Arrest

    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

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  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

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