In a wsvn,com news report, a Broward County Florida judge, Cynthia Imperato, was found guilty in December of DUI and reckless driving, for which she received a sentence of twelve months’ probation, twenty days of house arrest, a suspended license for a year, community service, and over $2,500 in court costs. The problem gets complicated because the former judge had previously been convicted of DUI back in 1988, meaning there were grounds for imposing a harsher penalty.


Her criminal attorney is working for an appeal of the conviction. Any reputable Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney will tell you that under Florida law, a DUI conviction is a misdemeanor offense unless you are a repeat offender, in which case, your conviction could be classified as a third degree felony, with stiffer penalties beyond the third drunk driving conviction or when serious bodily injury was caused.


A DUI is proven when there is impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. However the offense is proven, the fee penalties on conviction remain the same. For the first conviction, fines can reach up to $2000, and up to $4000 for the second. Community service is a minimum of fifty hours, with additional fines for every additional hour required.


Probation period may not exceed one year for the first conviction. For the second conviction, imprisonment can reach up to nine months, or twelve (months) with the next offense committed within five years of the first. Reckless driving is the lesser charge of DUI, but in Imperato’s case, both DUI and reckless driving were brought against her.


A DUI lawyer will look into the DUI case and will review the possible consequences, penalties, and possible probation to be faced. Every DUI charge is different, and an experienced attorney should be able to guide his or her client every step of the way. The lawyer will assess the case and will inform his (or her) client of any potential fines, jail time, or any possibility for community service or plea bargaining on the case.


If you are charged with DUI, hire a dependable Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney, such as Richard F. Della Fera, who has many years of experience in DUI cases. A skilled attorney will use the power of the law to be a strong advocate of your interests and win justice for you.


(Source: Former Broward judge found guilty of DUI, reckless driving, WSVN, December 20, 2015)