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In Florida DUI Fourth Offenses Carry Increased Jail Time and Fines, and Auto Insurance Rates will Sky Rocket

Posted by Fred Koberlein, Jr. | Mar 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

In our prior articles we reviewed the various consequences of being charged with and convicted of DUI in Florida for the first, second and third offenses. In this article we will look at fourth and subsequent offenses for driving under the influence. Being convicted of a Florida DUI fourth offense is extremely severe and carries with it many permanent consequences. Here's an overview of what those charged can expect.

Florida DUI Fourth Offense

A fourth DUI offense in Florida could mean jail time, but many defenses are available to minimize the penalties.

A fourth offense DUI in Florida is a felony charge. The criminal penalties you suffer from a fourth offense will remain with you for the rest of your life. You may have difficulty finding or keeping a job, and may well have difficulty getting the credit you need to buy a house or even get an apartment.

Administrative Penalties for a Florida DUI Fourth Offense

When you are charged with a fourth offense DUI in Florida, you face a mandatoryrevocation of your driver's license for life. This occurs regardless of how long it's been since your last conviction, and there is no potential for hardship reinstatement. Fourth offenses are serious business.

Many people don't realize that you don't even have to be moving to be charged with DUI. If you pull over to the side of the road to rest or sober up, but are still behind the wheel, you can be charged and arrested for DUI.

Fines and Fees for a Florida DUI Fourth Offense

Court costs for your fourth offense DUI can reach nearly $600, with fines ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 depending on whether your BAC was under or over .15. Your vehicle will also be impounded for 90 days, and you will be responsible for paying the impound fees to get it out.

Jail Time for a Florida DUI Fourth Offense

If convicted of a Florida DUI fourth offense you face a minimum of 30 days in jail.  The maximum jail time is 5 years.  Ultimately, the amount of ajail time will be dependent upon the facts of your arrest, your prior criminal activity history, and any mitigation reasons for less harsh sanctions.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment

You may also, in the event you are convicted, be required to complete a drug and alcohol treatment program with evaluation, followed by a probationary period of anywhere from 12 months to 5 years.

Remember also that Florida is an Implied Consent state, meaning that police can mandate you to take a breath alcohol test to determine the degree to which you are intoxicated. You can refuse this test, but if you do, you will be arrested and charged with DUI at the highest level possible.

Florida Criminal Attorneys

Since DUI is such serious business and can affect you for the rest of your life, you should never try to defend yourself. Always seek the services of a professional criminal defense attorney. You need someone in your corner who can fight for your rights and make sure that you are protected, and possibly help you avoid some of the more serious penalties that come with these charges. If you have been charged with a Florida DUI fourth offense,call us for more information 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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