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How a minor passenger can affect your DUI arrest and life

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2023 | DUI/DWI Defense

Driving under the influence is a serious offense in Florida. The consequences can be severe.

When you face a DUI arrest, the presence of a minor passenger in your car can significantly impact your life.

Legal consequences

Florida has stringent laws and penalties for individuals who drive under the influence. Convictions can result in fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs and even jail time. The severity of these consequences can escalate based on factors such as prior convictions and the presence of minors in the vehicle.

Enhanced penalties

Having a minor passenger triggers enhanced penalties. For example, you could face imprisonment for not more than nine months on a first conviction. These penalties address the heightened risk to the safety and well-being of the child.

Present and future opportunities

DUI convictions with a minor in the car can have lasting consequences beyond the legal penalties. They may affect employment opportunities, especially those that involve driving or working with children. Background checks for certain positions could reveal the conviction, influencing hiring decisions.

The ripple effect may extend to current educational and professional realms. Individuals may find themselves subject to disciplinary actions or sanctions, particularly if their work involves a high level of responsibility or public trust. Educational institutions may reassess the suitability of individuals with such charges, impacting academic or professional pursuits.

DUI arrests in Florida become even more serious when a minor is present in the vehicle. The legal system aims to protect the well-being of children, and understanding the implications of DUI arrests with minors is important.