Felony DUI Defense Attorney in Miami
Representing the Accused in Fort Lauderdale & Beyond
While many driving under the influence (DUI) offenses in Florida result in misdemeanor criminal charges, certain drunk driving crimes can lead to felony charges. In such cases, convictions can have much more severe immediate and long-term consequences for alleged offenders. People convicted of a felony DUI not only face lengthy prison sentences and significant fines, but they can also lose their driver’s licenses and experience numerous other hardships as the result of being a convicted felon.
If you were arrested for any kind of alleged felony DUI offense in Fort Lauderdale, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation as soon as possible. The Hoffman Firm aggressively defends clients arrested for drunk driving. You can count on our Miami felony DUI defense attorney to fight for you.
When Is DUI a Felony in Florida?
DUI may be charged as a felony offense when an alleged offender has been accused of:
- A third DUI within 10 years: When a person has two prior DUI convictions (including drunk driving violations in other states), a DUI arrest that occurs within 10 years of a prior arrest can lead to third-degree felony charges.
- A fourth or subsequent DUI: Most fourth or subsequent DUI arrests are third-degree felonies. Alleged offenders may be able to submit affidavits that prevent the prosecutor from using prior misdemeanor convictions to support a felony DUI conviction under certain circumstances.
- DUI causing serious bodily injury: If an alleged offender commits a DUI offense and causes or contributes someone’s serious bodily injury, they can be charged with a third-degree felony.
- DUI manslaughter: When an alleged offender commits a DUI offense and causes or contributes to causing the death of any human being or unborn child, DUI manslaughter is a second-degree felony.
Felony DUI Penalties
Any DUI offense can carry several different punishments. Depending on certain factors, a felony DUI conviction will usually result in the suspension of the alleged offender’s driver’s license, a requirement to attend a DUI School, and a possible requirement to install an ignition interlock device (IIDs) on all the accused’s vehicles.
Generally, the maximum sentences a court can impose for felony DUI convictions are as follows, depending on the specific classification of the alleged offense:
- Third-degree felony: Up to five years in prison and/or fine of up to $5,000
- Second-degree felony: Up to 15 years in prison and/or fine of up to $10,000
- First-degree felony: Up to 30 years in prison and/or fine of up to $10,000
Consult With Our Miami Felony DUI Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and are unsure if your offense is a misdemeanor or a felony, you need a knowledgeable attorney to help sort out your matter and guide you through the legal system. Attorney Evan Hoffman of The Hoffman Firm has successfully represented clients charged with felony DUI throughout the region.
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