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Being convicted of a third DUI offense in Florida could result in harsh penalties and a greater likelihood of serving an extensive sentence in jail due to the enhanced penalties that will be sought against you. These penalties could haunt you for years to come, significantly impacting your professional life and your personal relationships. Working with an experienced third DUI defense lawyer in Miami can help you navigate the legal process and mitigate your losses.
Evan Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale who represents clients accused of drunk driving offenses. If you are facing your third DUI arrest, The Hoffman Firm is here to help.
Third DUI Charges in Florida
A person who has been arrested for their third DUI within 10 years of a prior DUI could be charged with either a felony or a misdemeanor.
The look back period for third DUI offenses is 10 years, meaning that all prior drunk driving convictions will be counted against an alleged offender if any of those arrests occurred within the last 10 years. A prosecutor has 21 days to decide whether to file first-degree misdemeanor or third-degree felony charges for an alleged third DUI offense.
If charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, you could be penalized with:
- Up to $5,000 in fines
- Up to 12 months in jail
- DUI School Level II
- Installation of ignition interlock device (IID) for a minimum of two years
- Driver’s license suspension for 180 days up to one year
- Impoundment or immobilization of all vehicles for 90 days
If charged with a third-degree felony, you could be facing heightened penalties, including up to five years in prison and a 10-year driver’s license revocation with no restricted license eligibility for the first two years.
According to Florida law, a person charged with a DUI offense has a 10-day deadline to request a formal hearing to contest the administrative suspension of their driver's license. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest, you should always request a formal review hearing. However, a person with any prior DUI convictions or a prior administrative suspension is not eligible for immediate reinstatement of their driver's license.
Resources for Repeat DUI Offenders
Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Visit this website to learn more about MADD's mission to support victims of drunk driving and save lives through preventing drunk driving, tougher drug legislation, and raising funds for better infrastructure.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Broward County Intergroup — As this website notes, AA “is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism,” and the “only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.” On this website, you can learn more about AA, view a calendar of upcoming events, and view "Room 502" newsletters. You can also find the times and locations of meetings in Broward County.
Impaired Driving | Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) — Visit this section of the FDOT website to learn more about impaired driving. FDOT grant funds are used for purchasing DUI enforcement activities and equipment, providing awareness and education campaigns, conducting proactive youth-focused DUI education and outreach, and specialized education for law enforcement and prosecution to increase effective DUI adjudication. You can learn more about Florida Impaired Driving Coalition partners and view impaired driving education campaigns.
Consult with The Hoffman Firm
If you were arrested for an alleged drunk driving offense for the third time in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation as soon as possible. The Hoffman Firm aggressively defends individuals all over Broward County.
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