FAQ of a First DUI in Florida

Posted by Fred Koberlein | Mar 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

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.

About the Author

Fred Koberlein

Fred Koberlein is a trial attorney who opened Koberlein Law Offices after acquiring extensive legal experience in three legal practice areas, which are: personal injury law; criminal defense; and local government matters which require you to appear or present your matter before your local government Boards, government Councils, and government Agencies. Mr. Koberlein began trial preparation through an externship as a legal clerk with the Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit for Florida prior to his graduation from the University of Florida, College of Law.  After law school Mr. Koberlein was dedicated to becoming a trial attorney and worked with the Public Defender's Office from 2004 to 2007, where he was promoted to handling felony cases within eight months of hire.  Mr.  Koberlein has handled over 1500 criminal cases ranging from possession of cannabis, DUI, serious felonies, white-collar crimes, violations of probation hearings, and countless motion hearings. Mr.  Koberlein began practicing in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense during 2006.  Mr. Koberlein's experience in prosecuting personal injury claims against those insurance companies he was not representing and defending other insurance companies and their customers provided a unique experience where he was able to learn what each side anticipates from the opposing party.Next, Mr. Koberlein was hired by a City to defend the City's interests and three additional Cities quickly followed and retained Mr. Koberlein to protect their interests.  Currently, Mr. Koberlein represents a total of four (4) municipalities in the North Florida area.  As Mr. Koberlein focused on civil litigation he remained passionate about representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes as well as civil litigation issues. Mr.  Koberlein has the experience and reputation to negotiate a favorable resolution in your matter, and if that is not possible, to provide the best, most zealous trial representation available.  Utilizing competent and trusted investigators and experts, your case will be prepared so that the best result will be achieved.  If you or a loved one is hurt, damaged, or is facing criminal charges, you want a qualified, hard-working attorney who will explain your options to you in a straightforward, commonsense, and honest manner. Education and Practice Experience: University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Bachelor of Science, 1997 University of South Florida; Tampa, Florida; 1998 University of Florida, College of Law; Gainesville, Florida; 2003 Bar and Court Admissions: Florida Bar, 2004 – Present All 67 Counties in Florida All 20 Circuits in Florida U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida Professional and Civic Activities: Florida Bar Trial Lawyers, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Business Law Section, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, 2004 – Present Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 – Present Third Judicial Bar Association, 2004 – Present Mr.  Koberlein is committed to his clients and devotes himself to protecting their interests from the beginning to the end of their case.  Mr. Koberlein has spent his career helping clients defend themselves against criminal charges, fight insurance companies, and proceed through the bureaucratic process of local governments.  Mr. Koberlein welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and evaluate your legal needs and provide you with an experienced and competent analysis.


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