Consequences under FL DUI laws for 4th DUI conviction
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Florida requires that a fourth conviction for DUI be treated as a felony, with imprisonment up to five years. This is so no matter how long ago the prior convictions were. (Section 316.193(2) and (3), Florida Statutes).
There are so few good ways to get a Florida DUI off your record, that it is often more advisable to spend the money to move to a state with less severe penalties than it is to try to vacate your old convictions. Florida does not recognize the difference between driving while impaired and sleeping in your car waiting for your ride to come. This is a sad state of affairs which merely encourages people to drive home while under the influence. However, in a state which recognizes a separate lesser charge of "being in 'actual physical control' of a vehicle while impaired," (and there are a number of such states) you might be able to get a hearing that is more fair.
In addition, many states (I know Ohio is one) will grant a limited license even when there was a lifetime suspension, after a prolonged period (like ten years) without driving.
Although permanently revoked in Florida with 4 DUI convictions, I have been able to get D/Ls in a few circumstances. There are a couple of ways I have been able to do it. The most frequently used method is to move for post-conviction relief to basically undo a prior DUI. Although the time limit is two years I have been able to get the State to agree with one over 15 years old under the right circumstances. The second way is more obscure. Was any one of the priors committed as a juvenile? If so, I have been successful because tescnically a juvenile conviction is not a conviction but an adjudication of delinquency.