Second DUI

Lawyers for DUI With Prior Offense in South Florida

If you've been arrested for a DUI offense, with a prior offense in your criminal history, you may think you know what's in store for you. However, the potential penalties for a second drunk driving charge are greatly increased from a first offense. If you were arrested for a second DUI in Palm Beach County or Broward County then contact an experienced DUI defense attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. From the administrative suspension to the ultimate resolution of the criminal allegations, a second offense comes with more serious consequences.

Facing a Second DUI Charge in Palm Beach County

The attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A., "The Traffic Stop," have experience on both sides of the courtroom. With an insider's view of the prosecution's tactics and firsthand experience in defending clients against a range of DUI defenses, we are ready to confidently take on your charges.

Call us at (561) 515-5834 today to schedule your free consultation. We can review the details of your case and help you decide the best way to proceed in your DUI defense strategy.


Overview of Second Drunk Driving Charges


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Administrative Suspensions for a Second DUI

For a second DUI charge in Ft. Lauderdale and other cities across Florida, the administrative suspension is more serious. A second or subsequent administrative suspension for driving with an unlawful alcohol level of .08 or above requires a one-year suspension. A second or subsequent suspension for refusal of a DUI test is 18 months. Furthermore, Florida law prohibits any hardship reinstatement upon a 2nd or subsequent suspension for a chemical test refusal or if a driver has been convicted of (DUI) under section 316.193, F.S., two or more times.


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Second DUI Outside Five Years of a Prior Conviction

The penalties for a second DUI outside of 5 years of a prior conviction are generally the same as a first DUI with a few exceptions. First, the maximum imprisonment is 9 months in jail although no minimum period of incarceration is required. If the BAL was .15 or higher or if a minor was in the vehicle then the statutory maximum is not more than 12 months. Additionally, the fine is set higher at $1,000 to 2,000.

The other consequence of a second DUI conviction outside of 5 years is that the person is not eligible for a Business Purposes Only (BPO) or Employment Purposes Only (EPO) Reinstatement after the court-ordered revocation. Also, the court must impose a mandatory ignition interlock device for one year, or for two years if the BAL is greater than .15.


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Second DUI Within Five Years of a Prior Conviction

The penalties for a second DUI conviction within five years of any prior DUI conviction are as follows:

  • At least 10 days in jail with at least 48 hours of consecutive confinement and maximum imprisonment of up to 9 months (if the BAL was .15 or higher or if a minor was in the vehicle then the statutory maximum is not more than 12 months);
  • Twelve (12) months probation;
  • A fine of not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000 (if the BAL was .15 or higher or a minor was in the vehicle then the fine is not less than $2,000, or more than $4,000);
  • At least 50 hours of community service (or a buy out of $10 per hour);
  • Vehicle impoundment or immobilization of 30 days;
  • Minimum 5 years revocation of the driver's license with no eligibility for hardship reinstatement until after one year (the person may apply for hardship reinstatement hearing after one year with proof that DUI school was completed, no alcohol or drugs were taken during the last 12 months, and compliance with the terms of the DUI supervision program for the remainder of the revocation period); and
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device for one year (or for two years if BAL is greater than .15).

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Meltzer & Bell, P.A. |  A Second DUI Arrest Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

We are dedicated to providing a solid defense and ample preparation for every step of the defense process ahead, while minimizing the stress on your shoulders. Don’t take on this serious offense alone. Call (561) 515-5834 today to schedule your free consultation appointment with experienced DUI attorneys who serve the cities across Broward County and Palm Beach County, including West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and Hollywood.

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