There are many dangers associated with drinking and driving, as our readers are aware. However, from time to time people may underestimate their intoxication levels or think they only have a short distance to drive. Even the most responsible people make mistakes. So, while the penalties for a first time DUI are significant, they are not as bad as if people do not learn from their mistakes and get a second DUI.
Not surprisingly, the potential penalties for a second DUI are worse since the first penalties did not change the behavior. These penalties include a fine between $1,000 and $2,000, as well as not more than nine months in jail. In addition to these criminal penalties, people will also need to install ignition interlock in any car that they own, lease or regularly drive for a period of one year. Ignition interlock is a system which requires the driver to blow into a machine to test their BAC before the car will start. The driver will be responsible for all costs associated with the ignition interlock.
These types of penalties can be costly, both with the disruptions they cause in a person's life and financially as well. That is why it is important for defendants to avoid these consequences by trying to have the charges dismissed or being acquitted at trial, or perhaps even reaching a plea bargain. There may be defenses available. There are many rules that police must follow when conducting a traffic stop and how they form probable cause that a driver is under the influence. If they do not follow these rules, the evidence of any alcohol tests could be suppressed and the charges dismissed.
There are many people in Florida who are charged with DUIs each year. Some of these people are being charged with their second DUI, which have even more serious consequences than a first-time DUI.