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Fort Lauderdale DUI Lawyer

There is no excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol, as the court knows and understands fully. Because of the incredible dangers that drunk drivers are to others on the road (nearly one third of all traffic fatalities are caused by alcohol-impaired drivers), there is little room for understanding when it comes to law enforcement and the legal system that enacts the punishment for drunk drivers. Driving under the influence (DUI) convictions can cause you to have your license suspended immediately, according to the DMV. However, there are actions that we can take to minimize the punishments or even have the DUI thrown out. Contact Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer Deric Zacca, P.A. at 954-450-4848 today to get started on your case and ensure that you have the privilege to continue to drive in the future.

The Penalties for a DUI in Florida

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the following fines, community service, probation, and prison times can be given to those that are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol in Florida.

First DUI Conviction: With a blood alcohol level of 0.08 to 0.14, the fine shall not be less than $500 or more than $1,000. Prison time shall not be more than six months. With a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or greater or with a minor in the vehicle, the fine shall not be less than $1,000 or more than $2,000, and prison time shall not be more than nine months.

Second DUI Conviction: With a blood alcohol level of 0.08 to 0.14, the fine shall not be less than $1,000 or more than $2,000. Prison time shall not be more than nine months. With a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or greater or with a minor in the vehicle, the fine shall not be less than $2,000 or more than $4,000, and prison time shall not be more than 12 months. However, if the second DUI conviction is within five years, there is a mandatory minimum prison time of at least 10 days.

Third DUI Conviction More Than 10 Years From the Second: With a blood alcohol level of 0.08 to 0.14, the fine shall not be less than $2,000 or more than $5,000. Prison time shall not be less than 30 days. If the third conviction was over 10 years from the second, then the prison time shall be no more than 12 months. With a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or greater or with a minor in the vehicle, the fine shall not be less than $4,000.

In addition to fines and prison time, there is a mandatory minimum of 50 hours of community service for first time DUI convictions. The vehicle may also be impounded for varied allotments of time as well. And, anyone who is convicted of three DUIs within 10 years or causes serious bodily injury while intoxicated automatically gets convicted of a third degree felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Call Deric Zacca, P.A. at 954-450-4848 today for help if you are facing DUI charges in Fort Lauderdale. Our skilled Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer will assist you today.

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