Because of the severe penalties that accompany repeat Florida DUI convictions, you need to hire an experienced and knowledgeable DUI defense lawyer to try and get the charges dismissed or plead to a much lesser offense. Jacksonville Florida DUI defense lawyer Malcolm Anthony defends individuals that have been accused of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. If you are arrested and charged with a DUI you have been charged with a serious crime that requires your full attention. While the law for a first time DUI offender is strict, it pales in comparison to the penalties for those who are repeat offenders. If you have been arrested for multiple instances of DUI you will probably lose your driver’s license and maybe even your freedom for many years.
Such was the case for Christopher Breza of Jacksonville when he was arrested last year and charged with his fourth instance of DUI. In January 2015, Breza, after spending some time drinking alcohol at a local bar, crashed his car into two teenaged boys as they were assisting their mother who had just broken down alongside the highway. The two boys are now permanently disabled because of the injuries they sustained and one of them had to have a leg amputated. Breza plea-bargained and was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $5000 restitution to the family, an amount that will not cover the extensive medical bills that the family has had to pay. Breza offered his testimony against the bar owner that allegedly served him the drinks that day so that the boys can sue the establishment for damages.
In Florida, a fourth DUI carries with it an automatic lifetime driver’s license suspension. At the time of the accident, Breza was operating his vehicle with a legal driver’s license despite having 3 previous DUI’s on his record.