DUI After Prior Conviction
When an individual is facing a second DUI charge in Manatee County, they usually have one question in mind: Are the penalties the same as they were for first?
If you’ve been accused of driving under the influence for a second time, a judge will look at the timeline of your offense. If you’re outside of five years, you’re likely facing similar consequences as you did the first time.
Has it been less than five years, though? There’s a good chance the punishment will be more severe.
The Manatee County DUI attorneys at Flynn Law are well-experienced in DUI law, automobile accidents, and personal injury cases. We’ve been helping men and women with 2nd DUI charges for years and know what it takes to help win your case.Penalties When Facing a 2nd DUI Within Five Years
While still considered a second-degree misdemeanor in Florida, a DUI after prior conviction (APC) can have a harsh effect on your life. If it’s been less than five years since your first DUI, here are some of the penalties you’ll be facing:
- Up to nine months in jail
- Minimum five-year suspension of driver’s license
- 30 day vehicle impoundment
- A fine of between $1,000 – 2,000
- Mandatory placement of ignition interlock device for no less than one year
- 50 hours of public service
- Completion of DUI Substance Abuse Course
You will also be facing a psychosocial evaluation that could lead to required substance abuse treatment.Enhanced Penalties for DUI APC
If either of the following occurs, you could be facing enhanced penalties upon conviction of a 2nd DUI within five years of the first.
- Your blood or breath alcohol level was .15 or higher.
- There was a minor in your vehicle at the time of the offense.
In the event of these situations, your raised consequences may include:
- Up to twelve months in jail
- Minimum fine of $2,000, but up to $4,000
- Mandatory placement of an ignition interlock device for at least two years
A DUI APC within five years of your first DUI can have hard consequences.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to hire a knowledgeable Manatee County DUI Attorney to defend your case and protect your rights. Our team at Flynn Law is ready to help.
We have the knowledge required to assist you with your case and get your penalties lessened as much as possible.
If you’re ready, give us a call at 941-800-1140 today to set up your free consultation.