If someone in the State of Florida is charged with a second or subsequent DUI the penalties increase. Just like with the first DUI you have certain minimum mandatories.
If you receive a second DUI within a five-year period one of the enhanced penalties is ten days of mandatory jail. Also you’re looking at a five year driver’s license revocation.
On a third DUI within ten you’re upgraded to a felony. So you’re actually looking at a maximum exposure of five years in prison, five years of probation, but you have 90 days of mandatory jail. Also with a third DUI within the ten years you’re looking at a ten-year driver’s license revocation.
Any fourth DUI is automatically a felony charge and one could face up to five years in prison, five years of probation, but with the fourth DUI – the worst-case scenario – you’re looking at a lifetime suspension of your driver’s license.
So that’s why it’s important to actually consult with an attorney who carries on a DUI practice and has experience in handling all of the DUI’s, whether it’s the first or a fifth.