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Handling Your DUI with a Past Conviction

Most people are concerned when they get pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol; however, 1st-time offenders have less to worry about than people with more than one prior offense on their criminal record. The severity of the subsequent sentence would be significantly harsher if the previous conviction was also a DUI. If you are facing a 2nd or even a 3rd DUI, you should make sure to call a criminal defense attorney on your behalf.

Florida has particularly harsh laws regarding repeat offenders. The state has adopted an escalating schedule of mandatory fines and maximum jail sentences depending on how many DUIs are already on your record.

The court must adjudicate and sentence a person convicted of a subsequent DUI immediately upon acceptance of a pea or after a guilty verdict. The prior DUI will be known by the prosecutor because it will show up on the accused person’s driving record.

Even a prior boating under the influence (BUI) conviction will count as a previous conviction for enhancing jail sentence and raising fines but not for the purpose of enhancing a driver’s license suspension.

If you have been charged with drunk driving in the state of Florida, don’t hesitate to give our skilled Orlando DUI attorney a call. The Wiseman Law Firm can offer you more than 25 years of legal experience. Attorney Wiseman is also a former prosecutor, meaning he has unique insight into how the prosecution thinks and strategizes. Let us see what we can do for you.

Contact us at (407) 708-9127 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.