In the state of Florida, DUI is defined in Florida Statute 316.93. The relevant statute sets forth the penalties for those convicted of DUI, which include jail time, fines and required community service. A driver's license suspension is also an administrative penalty imposed by the DMV, which occurs automatically upon an arrest for DUI or a refusal to take a Breathalyzer test.
Because DUI is a crime, you will have a criminal record in addition to having to potentially serve time and pay large fines. With the serious consequences associated with a DUI, it is extremely important to take action to try to minimize or avoid the DUI penalties you face. The experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI defense attorneys at The Ansara Law Firm can help. We will explore your options for defenses and plea arrangements to assist you in getting the best possible outcome.Florida DUI Penalties
The penalties you face after a Boward County DUI arrest are going to vary depending on whether you have any prior convictions, as well as on how high your blood alcohol content (BAC) is and whether there were any aggravating factors involved in your case. The following are some examples of Florida DUI penalties
- For a first offense, you face a fine of between $500 and $1000 if your BAC is below .15. You will be required to perform at least 50 hours of community service and you face up to 6 months of jail time. The maximum period of incarceration and probation is one year.
- For a first offense with a BAC of .15 or higher or with a minor in the vehicle, you face a fine between $1,000 and $2,000. You may also face up to 9 months of incarceration. This is also the penalty for a second DUI conviction. Those who have a second DUI conviction are also required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles.
- For a second offense with a BAC of .15 or higher or with a minor in the car, you face a fine of between $2,000 and $4,000. If your second offense was within five years of the first, the mandatory minimum term of incarceration is 10 days, with at least 2 consecutive days served. You could be imprisoned for up to a year.
- For a third offense that occurs within ten years of the second offense, you face a mandatory minimum of 30 days of incarceration, with at least 48 hours served consecutively. You may be sentenced to up to 12 months of imprisonment.
- For a fourth or subsequent conviction, you face a minimum fine of $2,000. You may also be incarcerated for up to five years.
These penalties are in addition to the driver's license suspension from the DMV. DUI offenders will typically also have their vehicles impounded or immobilized, and may face more serious charges if involved in an accident that caused property damage or injury.
To learn more about the potential DUI penalties you face and to explore options for defending yourself against a DUI or negotiating a plea bargain to minimize the penalties, it is advisable to contact a Boward County DUI attorney.
If you have been charged with DUI in South Florida, call The Ansara Law Firm today for your free initial consultation at (954) 761-4011! You can also contact us online. It only takes a minute to call, but it can make all the difference in the world.