October 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Florida drunk driving laws are tough, and the consequences can be severe
Drunk driving is taken seriously in Florida. If you've been caught driving under the influence even once, you face consequences that can affect you for years. The fees and fines alone associated with a drunk driving conviction can be enough to set you back financially for a long time, and make it difficult to move on.
are in place in Florida against drunk driving for a reason. The Century Council reports that in 2011, there were 43,784 DUI arrests and 716 fatalities associated with drunk driving. MADD says that about a third of convicted drunk drivers were arrested on a repeat offense. Also, about 75 percent of drunk drivers are caught driving on a suspended license. This can mean serious consequences for anyone with DUI charges.
Tough DUI laws in Florida
Law enforcement doesn't mess around with drunk drivers convicted of multiple offenses. According to DMVFlorida.org, anyone with a second offense, and in some cases the first offense, will be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Drivers with a first conviction face a fine of up to $500, 50 hours of community service, up to six months in jail, a driver's license revocation of at least 180 days, DUI school, probation and more. The consequences become even more severe and costly for drivers with additional convictions.
To illustrate how drunk driving can change the lives of the drivers as well as those who have been hurt, the Miami Herald reported on a crash involving a Fort Lauderdale woman who lost control of her car and killed two men in a parking lot. Her blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit at the time of the accident. She was charged with multiple offenses, including DUI manslaughter. At only 22 years old, the legal consequences of the accident will likely haunt her for years.
The high cost of a DUI
DMV.org says there are many costs associated with a drunk driving conviction:
-Fines, court costs and legal fees
-Alcohol abuse counseling
-Ignition interlock installation and maintenance fees
-License reinstatement fees
-High-risk auto insurance
Those with drunk driving convictions also risk losing their jobs, which can make it even more difficult to recover financially from a DUI.
If you've been arrested for drunk driving in Florida, it's important to get in touch with an experienced drunk driving defense attorney. Those with first convictions may be able to get some of their charges lessened or dropped. People with multiple DUIs will need good legal counsel to help them understand their charges and to ensure they are treated fairly in court.
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