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Florida Third Offense DUI Carries Increased Jail Time and Fines, and Auto Insurance Rates will Sky Rocket

Posted by Fred Koberlein, Jr. | Mar 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

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In Florida, DUI offenses carry increasing penalties, both criminal and administrative, with each subsequent conviction.  Additionally, if convicted, auto insurance rates will sky rocket! If you face charges for driving under the influence a third time within ten years of your second conviction, you can face very severe penalties and be charged with a third degree felony, a conviction of which will stay with you for life and can make it harder to get a job, buy a home or car, and more. Here is a look at the charges you may face if you are convicted of a Florida third offense DUI within ten years of your second offense.

Florida Third Offense DUI Sanctions Vary Based on the Timing of Prior Convictions

The penalties for a third offense DUI in Florida are more severe if the offense is within ten years of your prior convictions, but jail time and mandatory long-term license suspension or revocation are almost a sure bet if convicted. You will also likely be required to complete drug and alcohol treatment programs and will face a lifelong criminal record.

Administrative Penalties for a Florida Third Offense DUI

If your third DUI conviction occurs within a decade of your prior conviction, you face a revocation of your driver's license for a full ten years. It may be possible to have it reinstated on a limited, hardship basis after two years if you complete a DUI education program and get a recommendation from your Special Suspension Supervisor. In any case, an ignition interlock computer will be put on your car for two years after your license is reinstated. Your car will also be impounded for up to 90 days.

If it has been more than ten years, your license can be revoked for 6 months to a year. If it has been less than five years between your first two DUIs, your third will see your license suspended for five years. No matter how long it has been, you will have to complete a drug and alcohol treatment program before you get your license back.

If the circumstances of your DUI were severe enough, lifetime revocation of a driver's license is possible at this stage.

Fines for a Florida Third Offense DUI

In addition to the more than $200 in fees for the DUI treatment program, you will face fines ranging from $1,000 up to $5,000, depending on how long it has been since your prior convictions. You likely will have to also pay a number of fees and court costs ranging from hundreds to over $1,000.  An experienced criminal attorney can often save you more in monetary fines that what you pay as a criminal retainer.

Jail Time for a Florida Third Offense DUI

Jail time for a third offense DUI in Florida is severe. Mandatory jail time is a minimum of 30 days, 2 of which must be consecutive. Maximum jail time can range up to five years.

If you find yourself in a situation where you face a Florida third offense DUI, never try to handle defense yourself. Seek the services of a qualified Florida criminal defense lawyer. A lawyer can sometimes help get your charges reduced and will help you avoid costly mistakes. Make sure your rights are protected. If you need more information, call us for a consultation today or email us your questions.

About the Author

Fred Koberlein, Jr.

Fred Koberlein is a trial attorney who opened Koberlein Law Offices after acquiring extensive legal experience in three legal practice areas, which are: personal injury law; criminal defense; and local government matters which require you to appear or present your matter before your local government Boards, government Councils, and government Agencies. Mr. Koberlein began trial preparation through an externship as a legal clerk with the Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit for Florida prior to his graduation from the University of Florida, College of Law.  After law school Mr. Koberlein was dedicated to becoming a trial attorney and worked with the Public Defender's Office from 2004 to 2007, where he was promoted to handling felony cases within eight months of hire.  Mr.  Koberlein has handled over 1500 criminal cases ranging from possession of cannabis, DUI, serious felonies, white-collar crimes, violations of probation hearings, and countless motion hearings. Mr.  Koberlein began practicing in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense during 2006.  Mr. Koberlein's experience in prosecuting personal injury claims against those insurance companies he was not representing and defending other insurance companies and their customers provided a unique experience where he was able to learn what each side anticipates from the opposing party.Next, Mr. Koberlein was hired by a City to defend the City's interests and three additional Cities quickly followed and retained Mr. Koberlein to protect their interests.  Currently, Mr. Koberlein represents a total of four (4) municipalities in the North Florida area.  As Mr. Koberlein focused on civil litigation he remained passionate about representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes as well as civil litigation issues. Mr.  Koberlein has the experience and reputation to negotiate a favorable resolution in your matter, and if that is not possible, to provide the best, most zealous trial representation available.  Utilizing competent and trusted investigators and experts, your case will be prepared so that the best result will be achieved.  If you or a loved one is hurt, damaged, or is facing criminal charges, you want a qualified, hard-working attorney who will explain your options to you in a straightforward, commonsense, and honest manner. Education and Practice Experience: University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Bachelor of Science, 1997 University of South Florida; Tampa, Florida; 1998 University of Florida, College of Law; Gainesville, Florida; 2003 Bar and Court Admissions: Florida Bar, 2004 – Present All 67 Counties in Florida All 20 Circuits in Florida U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida Professional and Civic Activities: Florida Bar Trial Lawyers, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Business Law Section, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, 2004 – Present Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 – Present Third Judicial Bar Association, 2004 – Present Mr.  Koberlein is committed to his clients and devotes himself to protecting their interests from the beginning to the end of their case.  Mr. Koberlein has spent his career helping clients defend themselves against criminal charges, fight insurance companies, and proceed through the bureaucratic process of local governments.  Mr. Koberlein welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and evaluate your legal needs and provide you with an experienced and competent analysis.

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