Being arrested for DUI is a serious offense that can impact the rest of your life. The legal implications and social impacts of a DUI conviction are why it is essential to have an experienced DUI attorney help you avoid the most severe consequences of a conviction. Below, we discuss the consequences you may face if convicted of a DUI.
Most people convicted of a DUI charge will have their driver’s license suspended. The length of time depends on the level of offense. If it is your first offense, you could face a license suspension between six months and up to one year. On the other hand, you could have your license permanently suspended if it is your fourth offense. Your vehicle could also be impounded anywhere from 10 days to 90 days.
One of the most severe consequences of being convicted of a DUI is possible jail time. The amount of time you would be incarcerated for depends on several factors:
● Number of offenses
● Blood Alcohol Concentration of .15 or more
● Whether a minor was present
● Incidents involving a car crash
Most people convicted of a DUI will also be put on probation, ranging from one year to five years, depending on the number of past offenses.
Fines and monetary impacts
Everyone convicted of a DUI will have to pay a fine. The amount ranges from less than $1,000 for a first offense to a maximum of $5,000 for a fourth offense. In addition to fines, there may be other additional costs related to your case, including lawyer and court fees and increased car insurance premiums. A suspended license may also impact your ability to work, which may affect your finances.
Community service requirements
A judge may order someone convicted of DUI to participate in community service. If it is your first offense, you may be mandated to participate in 50 hours of community service or face a $10 fine for every hour you miss. The amount of community service is not specified in the law for other offenses and is up to a judge’s discretion.
DUI substance abuse course
All those convicted of a DUI must attend an online substance abuse course. The course length varies based on your conviction but can range from 12 hours to 21 hours.
Depending on your case, a judge may order an Ignition Interlock to be placed in your vehicle. This device is a handheld breathalyzer that will not allow the car to start or be driven until the driver’s breath is analyzed for its alcohol level. The length of time you would be required to have this device in your vehicle varies.
In Florida, DUI convictions cannot be sealed or expunged. This conviction will stay with you for the mandated 75 years. The social impacts of these convictions are far-reaching and could affect various aspects of your life, such as applying for jobs, opening bank accounts, and more.
Alison M. Lopes, DUI and criminal trial attorney
The severe consequences of a DUI charge can affect many aspects of your life for many years to come. That’s why it’s crucial to have an experienced criminal trial attorney on your side to help you reduce or minimize these penalties. Call the Law Office of Alison M. Lopes at 407-442-2724 to schedule your free consultation and review your case.