Category Archives: DUI Penalties

DUI Charge Returns to Haunt Broward Circuit Judge

In Florida, a high-profile murder case has unexpectedly brought attention to the hazardous implications of drunk driving. It was recently reported that a man convicted of murder has contested the validity of the Broward Circuit Judge presiding over his trial due to the judge recently being arrested for her second DUI.

While it is yet to be determined whether the judge will or will not recuse herself from the case, the trial underlines the lasting impact of DUI on an individual’s professional life. Florida law is tough on those convicted of impaired driving, and even first-time offenders are subject to harsh penalties.

Jail time, license suspension, fines, community service and probation, are a few of the consequences for drunk driving imposed by the state of Florida and penalties become greater for repeat offenders. Beyond these surface penalties, the impacts of a DUI, as evidenced by the Broward Circuit Judge, can easily overflow into all aspects of your life.

Although the judge has not yet been convicted of a second drunk driving offense, the charges alone may have been enough to damage her professional repute. As stated by the attorney of the man convicted of murder, “The judge is no longer fair and impartial because of her arrest for a second DUI.”

The attorney went on to mention that the Circuit Judge is being prosecuted by the same state which prosecuted the convicted murderer. At this time, the Broward Circuit Judge is expected to decide within 30 days whether or not to preside over the trial.

What Happens In Vegas Does’t Always Stay In Vegas – A Review Of Las Vegas DUI Penalties

Las Vegas DUI Penalties

A DUI conviction in Nevada earns offenders more than just a slap on the wrist and a hefty fine. DUIs result in a complicated assortment of consequences that can easily require thousands of dollars, hours of time, and huge amounts of energy.

Las Vegas has two types of DUI penalties—administrative and criminal.

Las Vegas at night, courtesy of Moyan_Brenn via Flickr

Administrative Penalties

Administrative penalties are imposed by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on you and your license, including the following fees:

  • $65 driver license reinstatement fee
  • $35 Victims Compensation Civil Penalty
  • $21.75 driver license application fee

Keep in mind the administrative penalties above are only applicable to a first DUI offense.  Consequences can become more severe for each additional offense.

Criminal penalties

Criminal penalties are enforced by the courts. For drivers over the age of 21, the following lists provide the criminal penalties for different convictions.

First Conviction:

  • Driver license revoked for 90 days
  • Jail sentence up to six months
    • Or 96 hours of community service
    • Up to $1,000 fine
    • Mandatory DUI school attendance (average cost is $150)
    • Possible order to attend a substance-abuse treatment program

Second Conviction in Seven Years:

  • Driver license revoked for one year
  • Jail sentence or home arrest up to six months
  • Up to $1,000 fine
  • Up to 200 hours of mandatory community service
  • Possible car registration suspension
  • Possible order to attend a substance-abuse treatment program
    • Or undergo clinical supervision for up to one year

Third Conviction in Seven Years:

  • Driver license revoked for three years
  • Prison sentence up to six years
  • Fine up to $5,000
  • Possible car registration suspension

Beyond the penalties listed above that are based on number of offenses, DUIs that cause death or serious injury can result in additional punishments that are significantly more severe. Even on the first offense, a DUI that causes death or serious injury can result in a prison sentence up to 20 years, a fine up to $5,000, and a driver license revocation of three years.

Source: DMV.org, DUI & DWI in Nevada, http://www.dmv.org/nv-nevada/automotive-law/dui.php

DUI Penalties in Atlanta, Georgia

Everyone knows that if they are charged with a DUI, they’re going to pay a serious fine.  The fine is probably the most recognized and immediate consequence of a DUI conviction and, in Georgia, drivers over 21 pay the following:

  • First Offense: $300-$1,000 fine
  • Second Offense: $600- $1,000 fine
  • Third Offense: $1,000-$5,000 fine

Although fines are the most recognized consequence, there are several other costly penalties that drivers often fail to consider.  Here is a list of the additional penalties you can expect if you or someone you know is charged with a DUI in Atlanta.  Brace yourself.

Atlanta Georgia DUI Checkpoint

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First Offense DUI Penalties                                                                                

Second Offense DUI Penalties                                                                                                        

  • 48 hours MINIMUM in jail
  • 3 year license suspension
  • 30 days community service
  • $210 license reinstatement fee
  • $298 DUI Alcohol/Drug Risk Reduction Program
  • Clinical Evaluation

Third Offense DUI Penalties

  • Habitual Violator (HV) Status
  • License revoked for 5 years plus license plate confiscation
  • 15 days MINIMUM in jail
  • 30 days community service
  • $298 DUI Alcohol/Drug Risk Reduction Program
  • Name, address, and photo published in your local newspaper

Considering all of these penalties, the actual cost of a DUI in Georgia goes far beyond the initial fine and can easily amount to thousands of dollars.

Source: DMV.org, DUI & DWI in Georgia