The penalties for a first-time DUI offender in Florida have a broad range of possibilities, based on breath alcohol content (BAC) or blood alcohol content (BAC).
Administrative Penalties are Separate from Criminal Penalties
Administrative penalties under Florida law include mandatory suspension of your license should you refuse to submit to a breath alcohol test, or urine test, or blood alcohol test. This suspension is for one year's time. You will have to complete educational courses on DUI to get your license back, and during the period of suspension, you should be eligible for a hardship license and an ignition interlock device to restrict and monitor your driving.
Criminal Penalties are Separate from Administrative Penalties
The penalties for a first-time DUI offender in Florida have a broad range of possibilities, based on breath alcohol content (BAC) or blood alcohol content (BAC). They can include:
- Jail Time of anywhere from 6 to 9 months.
- Fines and Penalties from $500 to $2,000.
- Suspension of Driving Privileges for up to one year.
- Ignition Interlock placed on your vehicle to restrict driving.
- Impounding of your vehicle.
- Community service of at least 50 hours.
An experienced attorney may be able to save more in fines than what the attorney's retainer costs.
DUI is not just a summary offense in Florida. You may have to pay criminal penalties as well. While there is no mandatory jail time for a first offense, you can be sentenced to up to 9 months in jail depending on your BAC and the circumstances of your arrest. Future convictions can result in criminal penalties of up to five years or longer in prison.