Asked over 4 years ago - FloridaFlag
OUR SON WAS ARRESTED FOR DUI WHILE DRIVING OUR CAR HE IS AN ADULT
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If he took the breath test, then his license can be suspended for 6 months by the DMV. If he refused, it is one year by the DMV. That is for the first time. If he is found guilty at trial or pleas to a first time DUI, the maximum penalties are one year probation, $1000.00 fine, court costs, 50 hours community service, DUI school, Victims Awareness Program, and 6 months DL suspension, and adjudication of guilt. The fine is the maximum, as well as the probation, everything else is the least that can happen.
He can get a business purposes license after 30 days for a 6 month suspension and 90 days for a one year suspension.
It sounds to me like you are asking whether you have any responsibility for his crime. If so, the answer is no. You didn't drive under the influence, and so you don't have to worry about criminal culpability. However, you should be concerned that you might be legally liable for anyone that he injures while driving your car. Florida is one of a minority of states that considers an automobile a "dangerous instrumentality." This means that any damage that is caused by someone driving your car is chargeable to you and to your insurance. If he were to go out and injure someone while driving your car, the lawsuit would list you and any other registered owner of the car as a defendant.
But you can't be punished criminally for his DUI in your car. Good luck.
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