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In the event that you or a friend or family member has been criminally charged, you require an experienced and diligent Tallahassee criminal defense attorney who battles for your rights. While most large firms assign many cases to junior attorneys in their firm, Lee Meadows insists that every case he accepts is handled and represented by him. Ensure that you have 38 years of courtroom experience on your side!

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Tallahassee, Florida 32301

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PRACTICE AREA

DUI CASES

 

The Law Office of Lee Meadows has over 38 years experience assisting people needing guidance about Potential DUI Penalties.

Penalties for DUI

DUI PENALTIES AS OF JANUARY 2018:

 

  • First conviction:

    • Not less than $500 or more than $1,000.

    • If blood/breath alcohol level (BAL) was .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle, not less than $1,000 or more than $2,000.

  • Second conviction:

    • Not less than $1,000 or more than $2,000.

    • If BAL was .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle, not less than $2,000 or more than $4,000.

  • Third conviction (within 10 years from the second offense):

    • Not less than $2,000 or more than $5,000.

    • If BAL was .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle, not less than $4,000.

  • Third conviction (more than 10 years from second):

    • Not less than $2,000 or more than $5,000.

    • If BAL was .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle, not less than $4,000.

  • Fourth or subsequent conviction: 

    • Not less than $2,000.

    • If BAL was .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle, not less than $4,000.

For more information please visit:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.193.html

IMPRISONMENT

At the court’s discretion, sentencing terms may be served in a residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program and credited toward the term of imprisonment.

  • First conviction:

    • Imprisonment for not more than six months.

    • If BAL was .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle, imprisonment for not more than nine months.

  • Second conviction:

    • Imprisonment for not more than nine months.

    • If BAL was .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle, imprisonment for not more than 12 months.

    • If second conviction was within five years of a prior conviction, mandatory imprisonment of at least 10 days. At least 48 hours of confinement must be consecutive.

  • Third conviction:

    • If third conviction is within 10 years of a prior conviction, mandatory imprisonment of at least 30 days. At least 48 hours of confinement must be consecutive.

    • If third conviction is more than 10 years of a prior conviction, imprisonment for not more than 12 months.

  • Fourth or subsequent conviction:

    • Imprisonment for not more than five years, or as provided in section 775.084, Florida Statutes, if habitual/violent offender.

For more information please visit:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.193.html

 

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0700-0799/0775/Sections/0775.082.html

OTHER FACTORS AND PENALTIES

 

Unless the family of the defendant has no other transportation:

  • First conviction = 10 days;

  • Second conviction within five years of a prior conviction= 30 days;

  • Third conviction within 10 years of a prior conviction = 90 days.

 

Impoundment or immobilization must not occur concurrently with incarceration. The court may dismiss the order of impoundment of any vehicles owned by the defendant if they are operated solely by employees of the defendant or any business owned by the defendant.

For more information please visit:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.193.html

 

Conditions for Release of Persons Arrested for DUI

  • The person is no longer under the influence and the person’s normal faculties are no longer impaired

  • The person’s blood/breath alcohol level is lower than 0.05; or

  • Eight hours have elapsed from the time the person was arrested.

 

For more information please visit:

 

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.193.html

 

DUI Crash Involving Property Damage or Personal Injury

 

Any person who causes property damage or personal injury to another while driving under the influence is guilty of a first degree misdemeanor (not more than $1,000 fine or one-year imprisonment).

 

For more information please visit:

 

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.193.html

 

Repeat DUI Offender or Crash Involving Serious Bodily Injury

  • Any person convicted of a third DUI within 10 years of a prior conviction or a fourth or subsequent DUI, is guilty of committing a third degree felony (not more than $5,000 fine and/or five years imprisonment).

  • Any person who causes serious bodily injury while driving under the influence is guilty of committing a third degree felony (not more than $5,000 fine and/or five years imprisonment) or as provided in section 775.084, Florida Statutes, if habitual/violent felony offender.

 

For more information please visit:

 

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0700-0799/0775/Sections/0775.082.html

Find out more about DUI penalties by visiting the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.

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