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Second DUI

A person faced with their second DUI offense, or driving while intoxicated, has a lot at stake. They could not only lose their professional license, current employment, and their right to vote, but their second DUI conviction could result in additional fines, tedious probation obligations, lengthy imprisonment, and toting two DUI convictions on their record for the remainder of their life.

Being subjected to penalties this severe could not only jeopardize a person's reputation in their community, it could possibly cost them their family and close friends. This is why it is vital having a knowledgeable Miami-Dade County that has experienced handling second DUI offenses on your team.

Miami Second DUI Defense Attorney 

Attorney Evan Hoffman of The Hoffman Firm is a criminal defense attorney and former criminal prosecutor that has extensive experience representing clients faced with charges of first DUI, second DUI, third DUI, DUI with serious bodily injury, DUI with a minor in the vehicle, and a plethora of other drug-related offenses.

The Hoffman Firm has successfully represented clients throughout the entire Miami-Dade County, Florida area, including Miami, Hialeah, Homestead, Coral Gables and students attending the University of Miami, Florida International University, and Miami Dade College.

Contact The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 or submit an online contact form to have an experienced Miami-Dade County, Florida criminal defense attorney review your case and guide you through the legal process.

Florida Second DUI Information Center


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Second DUI Overview

Under Florida law, an individual may be charged with DUI, if he or she is driving or in physical control of a vehicle while their normal faculties are impaired and/or have a BAC of 0.08 or higher. If convicted of DUI, an individual faces jail time, license suspension, and steep fines. However, an individual convicted of a second DUI faces stiffer criminal penalties.

A second DUI is a DUI conviction that occurs within 5 years of a previous DUI-related offense, including DUI, DUI with a BAC of 0.15% of more, DUI with a child passenger, DUI involving property damage, or DUI involving serious bodily injury.

This 5-year period between DUI convictions is commonly referred to as a look-back period.


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Penalties for Second DUI Offenses in Miami-Dade County

The penalties imposed by Florida courts can be substantially more severe for a person with a previous DUI conviction on their record. Repeat offenders can expect consequences ranging from fines, license suspension, vehicle impoundment, and having an ignition interlock device installed on all of their vehicles.

  • Second DUI Conviction
    • Up to a $2,000 Fine,
    • Up to Nine (9) Months in Jail,
    • Ignition Interlock for minimum One (1) year,
    • Vehicle impounded for 30 days

Enhanced Second DUI Offenses
The penalties for a person that has committed their second-offense DUI can be enhanced by certain factors such as BAC being 0.15% or higher, property damage resulted, another person was injured or died, or the driver had a passenger in the vehicle that was under the age of 18. The enhanced DUI offenses and their correlated punishments are as follows:

  • Second DUI Conviction within 5 years
    • Minimum of 10 days Imprisonment ,
    • Up to 9 months in Jail,
    • Ignition Interlock for minimum One year,
    • Vehicle impounded minimum of 30 days
  • Second DUI Conviction and BAC of 0.15 or higher
    • Up to $4,000 Fine,
    • Up to 12 months in Jail,
    • Ignition Interlock for a minimum of two (2) years
  • Second DUI Conviction within 5 years and BAC 0.15 or Above
    • Fine up to $4,000,
    • Up to 12 months in Jail,
    • Ignition Interlock for minimum of up to two (2) years,
    • Car impounded for 30 days
  • Second DUI Conviction within 5 years and a Minor Child was in the Vehicle
    • Fine up to $4,000,
    • Up to 12 months in Jail,
    • Ignition Interlock for minimum of up to two (2) years
  • Second DUI Conviction and Minor in Vehicle
    • Up to $4,000 Fine,
    • Up to 12 months in Jail

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Florida Second DUI Resources

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Visit this website for more information regarding NHTSA's efforts to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the nation's streets by informing pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers of safer habits when utilizing roadways.
Foundation for a Drug-Free World – Visit this website for more information regarding a drug-free lifestyle and how the Foundation for a Drug-Free World disseminates factual information that has helped drug prevention efforts nationally, empowered today's youth, and helped save lives.


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Second DUI Attorney in Miami, Florida

If you were arrested for DUI and have a pending DUI offense or were previously convicted of DUI, the penalties you are facing could put your career and freedom in serious jeopardy. However, an experienced Miami DUI Defense attorney handling your case could help preserve your freedom and your livelihood.

Attorney Evan Hoffman of The Hoffman Firm is a former criminal prosecutor and has successfully represented clients faced with DUI, second DUI, third DUI, DUI with personal injury, and intoxicated manslaughter throughout the entire Miami-Dade County, Florida area including Aventura, Homestead, Miami, Coral Gables and students attending the University of Miami, Florida International University, and Miami Dade College.

Contact The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 or submit an online contact form to have an experienced Miami, Florida criminal defense attorney review your case and guide you through the legal process.


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Evan A. Hoffman

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Mr. Hoffman’s philosophy is "our knowledge and experience is your best defense." He has been a featured author on criminal law issues such as driving under the influence, domestic violence and illegal searches.

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