Commonly, people facing driving with the influence of alcohol charges will “plea” to their case without understanding the additional ramifications that the charge may carry. These ramifications are not addressed in the plea terms.
Unfortunately, the law does not require the notification of additional DUI consequences which include: Additional Insurance Costs, impact on future employment or volunteer opportunities and the additional costs of court-ordered DUI penalties.
Most individuals that plead to a DUI are not aware that they will have to file an FR44 with the state of Florida.The FR44 is often referred to as “DUI insurance”, but this is somewhat of a misnomer. It is actually a filing by an insurance company that you are carrying a certain level of insurance in excess than the mandatory minimum state insurance requirements.
FR44’s are known to be very costly and are usually only provided by insurance companies who deal specially with insuring those convicted of DUI or who have bad driving records. In other words- you are in a bind, the insurance company knows it, therefore they will charge you accordingly.
Generally, a person convicted of DUI is required to carry FR44 for a period of three years.
Also keep in mind, that your pre- DUI insurance may drop you entirely once you plead to a DUI.
This forces individuals to obtain insurance through the insurance companies who specialize in DUI. These companies’ rates are significantly higher than big name insurance companies.
Proof of FR44 insurance is required by the Department of Motor Vehicle after a DUI conviction. You must provide proof of this insurance before you are eligible for a license.
Impact on Future Employment or Volunteer Opportunities
When you plead to a DUI, you are convicted of a misdemeanor crime. Many people are under the assumption that they can seal or expunge a DUI from their record.
Others believe that it will only appear on their driving record. This is incorrect. You can seal or expunge a DUI conviction and it appears on your record.
Because a DUI is a criminal charge, it will appear on your record for life. This means that it will appear during background checks for employment. It will also appear on background checks to volunteer. You may be excluded from job and volunteer opportunities if you have a DUI conviction.
Also, note that many job applications ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime. Persons convicted of a DUI will have to answer yes to this question.
Finally, unlike most misdemeanor criminal convictions you cannot seal or expunge a DUI charge.
Initiation Interlock and Probation Costs
The court advises a person pleading to DUI’s of many of the costs associated: Court costs and fines, investigative costs and costs of probation supervision.
However, the court does not advise you of the additional costs of impound of your vehicle and the ignition interlock device.A vehicle impounding of 10 days or more is generally ordered as a DUI sanction pursuant to Florida Statute316.193(6)(d). For every day your vehicle is impounded, there is a cost associated with the impound. This cost can range from $150 to $300 depending on the length of impound.
An attorney can ask for this impound to be waived altogether if certain factors are met.
For DUI’s in which breath test results are over a .15 alcohol level or for subsequent offense or multiple DUI convictions, the installment of an ignition interlock device will be ordered. The costs of installing an ignition interlock device in your car is approximately $170.00. Monthly calibration fees are an estimated $68.50.
If you plead to a DUI with above an above .15 alcohol content breathalyzer test result, or if you are pleadings to a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time DUI, the ignition interlock device cannot be waived and must be ordered pursuant to Florida Statute 316.1937.
The Attorney’s at Denmon & Denmon, Trial Lawyers will ensure that you are advised of all consequences and penalties of a DUI conviction.