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Cruisin’ For a Bruce-in: Impound DUI

In Cruisin’ For A Bruce-in, we ride along with Florida Attorney Bruce Denson as he gives brief explanations on Florida Law and what to do in common legal situations.


Here's everything you need to know about the impound of your vehicle due to a DUI conviction.

By statute, the judge has to order an impound of your vehicle for either 10 or perhaps 30 days after the conviction for a DUI. Now, it is the one thing that the judge does have a little bit of discretion on, so, if somebody in your household relies on that vehicle for transportation and it would be a hardship to them, a hardship to an innocent third party, the judge can waive that impound.

So, for instance, let's say you and your wife share a car, it's the only car in the house, and she has to drive that car to take the kids to school, so it'd be a hardship on her and the children the judge can waive that 10-day requirement.

Now, sometimes the judges are a little bit liberal on that, so if the case is not an aggravated one and you're resolving it early, perhaps it's a place where we can convince the judge to exercise some discretion, but by statute, it is required, unless it's a hardship on an innocent third party.

Now, what's the impound look like? It's not the old days where you had to pay to have it towed to a lot, an expensive thing. It can be resolved by one of these companies coming by and putting a sticker on your car or a boot on your car for 10 days. It's going to cost you probably around $50, something like that, and it's not quite as inconvenient as it used to be because you can park it in your driveway, someplace they can check on a regular basis to make sure that you aren't moving it and have the car impounded that way.

So, it is a requirement, it's something the judge can waive. If that's something that you'd like to explore with us, we'd be glad to talk to you about it to see what we can do with that and any other aspect of resolving your DUI charge.

Thank you.

Further Thoughts

When you get placed on probation, you make think that your problems are over - but this couldn't be further from the truth. Once on probation, you become accountable to your probation officer, whose job it is to ensure that you are fulfilling all of the terms of your probation.

The most important thing you can do is to have a good relationship with your probation officer. They call the shots, and it is your responsibility to make sure you are following their instructions and fulfill the terms of your probation.

If you are able to stay out of trouble, avoid committing crimes, stay clean and sober - with no drugs or alcohol through your probation, attend all appointments and classes on time as scheduled, and communicate effectively with your probation officer, you should make it through without


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