Want to know what will happen to your cherished driving privileges following a second DUI conviction? Keep reading!
Getting a second Florida driving under the influence conviction means a big increase in the fines and penalties you will have to deal with for years to come. Let’s take a quick step back and look at the potential penalties attached to a first time DUI conviction: jail time, drivers’ license suspension, heavy fines, installation of an ignition interlock device, attendance of a victim impact panel, community service and probation. When it comes to your first DUI, the judge has some discretion in the severity of certain penalties.
When it comes to your second DUI conviction, a couple of those major penalties now become mandatory and all the other items listed above become much more serious and expensive than they were the first time around. Working with an experienced Florida DUI attorney can help you avoid this life changing conviction and the major penalties that come with it.
Drivers’ license suspension is one such penalty that goes from a potentially somewhat short inconvenience to a major headache when you get a second Key West DUI conviction. More specifically, when you receive a second DUI conviction in five years, there is a mandatory five-year driver’s license suspension attached to the conviction. Making things even more difficult is the first year of this punishment is considered “hard time,” and individuals are not allowed to drive for any reason whatsoever.
Seem harsh? Well it is! Suspending your driver’s license is designed to punish you and to prevent you from getting behind the wheel again for a very long time. In addition to a mandatory license suspension, a second DUI conviction also carries with it mandatory jail time.
If you or a loved one has recently been charged with a second DUI, do not hesitate to give Key West attorney Alan Fowler a call today. Time is of the essence in these cases and this is not a charge you simply want to accept. Your first consultation is always free so call Alan at 305.912.2516 today!