DUI is an offense under the Florida law and the penalties that follow, can be harsh. You can be charged with DUI if there was Impairment of “normal faculties” or an unlawful level of blood or breath alcohol of 0.08 or above. If you get charged with DUI, it makes sense to consult a Florida DUI Lawyer, who will be able to give you sound advice on your next step.
The following are the penalties you may face for your first DUI offense in Florida:
Suspension/revocation of your driving license. Your driving license may stand suspended for a period of 180 days, and may go up to a year.
The fines may vary from $500-$1000 but if you had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or higher or had a minor in the vehicle, the fines may go up to $2000 or more.
Since it is your first DUI offense you may need to serve a mandatory 50 hour community service or pay $10 for each hour of required community service.
For your first DUI offense, the probation and jail time may last for a period of not more than a year.
The jail term is at the court's discretion. You may have to face a jail time of not more than 6 months. If your blood alcohol level was more than 0.15 or you had a minor in the vehicle, you may have to face a jail time of not more than 9 months.
Your vehicle may be impounded for 10 days.
In some cases, you may have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
Reinstatement fees of $45 may be charged for a revoked license / suspended license as well.
You may have to provide proof of enrollment or completion of DUI school and treatment.
If you are younger than 21 years of age and are found with a BAL of 0.02% or higher, you may be subjected to an Automatic administrative suspension of six months by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
DUI misdemeanors, felonies, and manslaughter charges may have heavy penalties.
There are several DUI lawyers in Florida who concentrate on DUI cases similar to yours, and it is best if you consult an experienced lawyer who can advise and represent your interests in the various proceedings.