Q: Im being charged with DUI in FL. How do I know if they are considering my prior DUI in Ohio
A: They will be considering it. They will be checking the national crime indexing computer database, and if you had the dui in ohio a short time ago, you may be looking at a minimum of 10 days in jail. There are many other factors to consider and you really should get a private attorney.
A: Sometimes it gets over looked or is used by the prosecutor as leverage to get a plea. The classic example is the prosecutor will offer a first DUI and if it is not accepted and the case is set for trial they will request the judgement and sentence from Ohio. If they have a certified judgement and sentence or if the Ohio DUI is on your Florida driver's history it will be charged as a second. The way to find out is wait for the offer and if they say second DUI outside of five years or second DUI within five years you will know it is being used. If you have an attorney talk to them about it and they will deal with it accordingly. Even if the prosecutor misses it DMV will hit you with additional license suspension if they find out about it. The big issue is if the conviction date was within five years of your arrest date. If that is the case DMV will increase the license suspension to 5 years if they find out about the prior. Talk to an attorney and they will be able to help you with this issue.
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