If you have more than one DUI charge on your record, you could face mandatory jail time. In Florida, you face a minimum of 10 days in jail if you are convicted of two DUI’s within five years.
If you are convicted of three DUI’s within ten years, then you face a minimum of 30 days in jail. Moreover, a third DUI can result in your charges being upgraded to a felony. However, our attorneys can negotiate to keep your case a misdemeanor even if you have more than 2 prior DUI’s.
Often times, the prosecutor and/or judge will require someone charged with a third DUI or more to serve a significant amount of jail time. Most judges and prosecutors are willing to allow a person facing serious jail time to serve their sentence in a alcohol rehabilitation center in lieu of jail.
Our firm has worked with several alcohol rehabilitation centers throughout Florida in order to ensure that their programs meet the requirements of Florida law to take the place of jail. We have successfully placed clients who have 3, 4, and 5 DUI charges in the past in a rehabilitation program to avoid jail time. Moreover, our attorneys are skilled at negotiating multiple DUI offender sentences to include work release. This means that our clients are able to continue working at their jobs while a resident of the alcohol rehabilitation center.
Remember, most rehabilitation centers will cost several thousand dollars per month. Most health insurance plans will cover this cost. However, the typical health insurance plan will only cover up to 30 days in a rehabilitation center. We can help you find a state-funded program or choose the most cost-effective program.