Fort Lauderdale, FL – A man was recently convicted with his second DUI manslaughter charge after leaving a fatal accident in Fort Lauderdale.

The Sun Sentinel reports that Bobby Wayne Hunt, age 52, was first convicted of DUI manslaughter in Fort Lauderdale 25 years ago; this month, he was unfortunately charged with the same offense plus new additional charges in a fatal DUI accident on North Federal Highway.

The most recent DUI accident occurred on January 20, 2015 at about 9 a.m. A Nissan Murano SUV was driving along the North Federal Highway when a Chevrolet truck slammed into it from behind, causing the car to strike a tree in the middle of the median.

Passenger of the Nissan Murano, Aileen Rhodes, age 91, suffered fractures in her legs, neck, and pelvis. Unfortunately, she passed away that same day at Broward Health Medical Center.

The driver of the truck, Hunt, allegedly left the scene without even pulling over to help the passengers in the Nissan. Luckily, a witness to the Fort Lauderdale DUI accident followed Hunt to a nearby parking lot.

After taking a urine test, it was revealed that Hunt had alprazolam, cocaine, codeine, fentanyl, methadone, and morphine in his system at the time of the fatal DUI accident.

It appears as though history has repeated itself, as Hunt was subsequently charged for the same exact thing, DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, in 1992. According to state records, Hunt was sentenced to eight years of probation in Florida, and served a year of weekends in custody at the county jail.

In lieu of his second run-in with the law, Hunt was recently arrested for his most recent DUI case. He is currently facing new charges of: multiple counts of driving with a suspended license causing serious bodily injury or death, DUI with serious bodily injury, driving with a permanently revoked driver’s license, and DUI manslaughter.

Hunt is currently being held in jail until his trial. The date for said trial is tbd.

It doesn’t matter if you are facing your first, second, or third DUI charge in Florida – the possible repercussions are all equally as intimidating. According to DMV.org, these are the repressions for DUI convictions in the state of Florida:

Penalties for First DUI Conviction in Florida

  • DUI program may be required.
  • Fines of $500 to $1,000.
  • If issued a restricted driver’s license, an ignition interlock device will be installed.
  • Mandatory 50 hours of community service.
  • Must have FR-44 for three years.
  • Possible jail time of up to six months.
  • Suspension or revocation of driver’s license for 180 days to one year.
  • Vehicle will be impounded for up to 10 days.

Penalties for Second DUI Conviction in Florida

  • DUI program may be required.
  • Fines of $1,000 to $2,000.
  • If issued a restricted driver’s license, an ignition interlock device will be installed.
  • Must have FR-44 for three years.
  • Possible jail time of up to nine months.
  • Suspension or revocation of driver’s license for 180 days to one year if the first DUI charge was over five years ago, and five years if the first DUI charge was within the past five years.
  • Vehicle will be impounded for 30 days.

Penalties for Third DUI Conviction in Florida

  • DUI program may be required.
  • Fines of $2,000 to $5,000.
  • If issued a restricted driver’s license, an ignition interlock device will be installed.
  • Must have FR-44 for three years.
  • Mandatory jail time of 30 days to 12 months.
  • Suspension or revocation of driver’s license for 180 days to one year if the previous DUI offense was over five years ago, five years if the previous DUI offense was within the past five years, and 10 years years if the last two DUI offenses were within the past 10 years.
  • Vehicle will be impounded for 90 days.

Regardless of whether or not you are facing your first or your third DUI charge in Fort Lauderdale, you need a Florida DUI attorney who knows the legal system in and out. Defense attorney Michael Raheb has years of experience fighting DUI charges in Florida, and will not rest until you achieve the best possible outcome for your DUI case.

Contact the law offices of Michael Raheb today in order to schedule a free consultation with a Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer you know you can trust.