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Florida DUI Penalties


Penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida are some of the harshest in the country. Although it is considered a misdemeanor offense, a DUI charge can lead to additional penalties or even a felony charge based on the person’s criminal history and length of time between previous DUI convictions.

 

The following are the Florida DUI penalties:

  • First DUI - A conviction leads to a maximum jail sentence of six months, a maximum $1,000 fine, driver’s license suspension for up to one year, up to 50 hours of community service, educational courses, and substance abuse evaluation. However, if a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is at least .15 percent, a conviction results in a jail term of up to nine months and a fine of up to $2,000.

  • Second DUI (within five years after the first conviction) - A conviction leads to a maximum jail term of nine months, a fine not exceeding $2,000, license suspension for up to five years, educational courses, and substance abuse evaluation. If a person’s BAC is at least .15 percent, a conviction results in a jail sentence of up to 12 months and a fine of up to $4,000.

  • Third DUI (within 10 years after the first conviction) - A conviction leads to a maximum 12-month jail term, a fine no more than $5,000, driver’s license suspension for up to 10 years, educational courses, and substance abuse evaluation.

  • Fourth DUI (misdemeanor) - A conviction leads to a maximum 12-month jail term, a fine of up to $2,500, permanent driver’s license revocation, educational courses, and substance abuse evaluation. If a person’s BAC is at least .15 percent, a conviction results in a jail sentence of up to 12 months and a fine of up to $5,000.

  • Fourth DUI (felony) - A conviction leads to a maximum five-year prison sentence, a fine of up to $5,000, permanent driver’s license revocation, educational courses, and substance abuse evaluation.

Every Florida driver should understand the potential penalties they face for intoxicated driving. Fortunately, these penalties can be avoided with the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney.

For more information about Florida DUI penalties, contact Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. today at (305) 670-9919 and request a free case review.

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