DUI PENALTIES

The punishment and sanctions for even a first DUI are harsh with long-lasting consequences. You need a DUI attorney with the proven experience, skill and tenacity to fight for the best results possible.

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DUI STATUTES AND PENALTIES

Florida Statute 316.193 define a range of DUI penalties and sanctions depending on the severity of the crime. Most DUI penalties are described in the chart below.

Please note: this chart does not include penalties for DUIs with aggravating circumstances such as a crash with damage to persons or property (1st Degree Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in Jail), or a crash with serious body injury or DUI Manslaughter (2nd Degree Felony, punishable by up to 15 years prison), or DUI Manslaughter Failure to Give Information or Render Aid (1st Degree Felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison).

1ST DUI CONVICTION PENALTIES

Minimum PenaltyMaximum Penalty
Fine *$1,000$2,000
* If BAC >= .15; Or a minor was in vehicle$2,000$4,000
ProbationOne DayOne Year
Jail Time *Ten DaysNine Months
* Enhanced Penalty if BAC greater than .15 or a minor in vehicleTen DaysTwelve Months
License SuspensionFive Years
Impoundment10 Days; 30 Days if Second DUI Within Three years
Ignition Interlock DeviceFor a Minimum of One Year
Other Penalties
  • Completion of DUI Counterattack School.
  • Substance abuse evaluation and completion of any recommended treatment.

2ND DUI CONVICTION PENALTIES

A conviction for 2nd DUI requires jail, installation of ignition interlock device and other severe penalties:

Minimum PenaltyMaximum Penalty
Fine *$1,000$2,000
* Enhanced Penalty if BAC greater than .15 or a minor in vehicle$2,000$4,000
ProbationSix MonthsOne Year
Jail Time *Day of ArrestNine Months
* Enhanced Penalty if BAC greater than .15 or a minor in vehicleDay of ArrestTwelve Months
License SuspensionSix MonthsOne Year
ImpoundmentMandatory Ten Day Period
Ignition Interlock DeviceFor a Minimum of One Year
Other Penalties
  • Completion of approved DUI Counterattack School.
  • Substance abuse evaluation and completion of any recommended treatment.

3RD DUI WITHIN TEN YEARS OF PRIOR CONVICTION (3rd Degree Felony).

Minimum PenaltyMaximum Penalty
Fine *$2,000$5,000
* Enhanced Penalty if BAC greater than .15 or a minor in vehicle$4000NO MAXIMUM
ProbationOne YearFive Years
Jail Time *Day of ArrestFive Years
* Enhanced Penalty if BAC greater than .15 or a minor in vehicleDay of ArrestFive Years
License SuspensionPermanent Revocation
ImpoundmentMandatory Ten Day Period
Ignition Interlock DeviceAt Least Two Years
Other Penalties
  • Completion of approved DUI Counterattack School.
  • Substance abuse evaluation and completion of any recommended treatment.

4TH DUI (3rd Degree Felony)

Minimum PenaltyMaximum Penalty
Fine *$1,000$5,000
* Enhanced Penalty if BAC greater than .15 or a minor in vehicle$4000NO MAXIMUM
ProbationOne DayFive Years
Jail Time *Day of ArrestFive Years
* Enhanced Penalty if BAC greater than .15 or a minor in vehicleDay of ArrestFive Years
License SuspensionPermanent Revocation
ImpoundmentMandatory Ten Day Period
Ignition Interlock DeviceAt Least Two Years
Other Penalties
  • Completion of approved DUI Counterattack School.
  • Substance abuse evaluation and completion of any recommended treatment.