If you have been in Florida for any length of time, you have likely heard that the state's consequences for driving while under the influence can be very harsh. This can be even more true if you are convicted of a DUI for the second or third time. Just what can you expect if you are in this situation?
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, one of the big differences you may find with a subsequent DUI conviction is that some amount of jail time will be required whereas with a first DUI it is not, although it may happen. The maximum jail times also increases with each subsequent offense so you may well spend more time in jail for a third DUI than for a first.
The same is true of the fines you may have to pay and the length of time that your driver's license is lost. You may be eligible for a hardship license but only after serving some time without driving. You may expect your vehicle to be impounded as well and that may happen when you are out of jail, not while you are in jail. Another important thing to know is that if your third drunk driving offense happens within 10 years of your first one, the third offense will be a felony.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Florida residents an overview of the types and severities of the penalties they may experience if they are convicted of driving while under the influence for the second or third time in Florida.