Costs Associated with a DUI Arrest in Florida (Part B)

In addition to a fine, a DUI conviction in Florida can result in a number of other penalties that can have a negative fiscal impact. Your Miami DUI defense lawyer can help you better understand the potential consequences of a DUI, and help you defend against your Florida DUI charges in court.  

Vehicle Impound 

For a first-time DUI conviction in Florida your vehicle may be impounded for up to 10 days, unless it is the sole means of transport for your family. A second conviction can result in a vehicle impound of up to 30 days, and a third conviction can result in up to a 90-day impound. In some cases, your vehicle may be forfeited. A Miami DUI defense lawyer can help you work to avoid a vehicle impound, which can be costly and inconvenient. 

Jail Time 

Perhaps one of the largest costs associated with a DUI arrest is imprisonment. A first time conviction can carry up to 9 months in jail for a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than 0.15. A second DUI conviction can carry up to a year in jail, and requires a mandatory punishment of 10 days in jail if the previous DUI was within 5 years. 

A third DUI conviction may be considered a third degree felony if two prior convictions occurred within 10 years. And a fourth DUI conviction can result in up to 5 years in jail. Jail time can be costly not only in terms of posting bail, but also in lost work and lost future employment opportunities. 

License Suspension 

Even a first-time DUI arrest can result in a license suspension of between 180 days and 1 year. In order to reinstate your license you’ll have to complete DUI school and apply for a hardship reinstatement, which carries accompanying fees, and involves further time lost from work. A second DUI offense can carry a suspension of 5 years, a third offense a suspension of 10 years, and a fourth offense a lifetime suspension. A Miami DUI defense lawyer can help you build a case to avoid license suspension and the accompanying costs. 

Contacting a Miami DUI Defense Lawyer 

If you are facing DUI charges in South Florida, your legal team is your best defense. Contact the Miami DUI defense lawyers at Falk & Ross to discuss your case – 1-877-663-5110.