Florida DUI Penalties
The state of Florida has some of the stiffest DUI penalties in the nation:
DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Substances or Controlled Substances). s. 316.193, F.S.
Under Florida law, DUI is one offense, proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven.
Fine Schedule s. 316.193(2)(a)-(b), F.S.
- First Conviction: Not less than $500, or more than $1,000. With Blood/Breath Alcohol Level (BAL) of .15 or higher or minor
in the vehicle: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000.
- Second Conviction: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $2,000, or more than $4,000.
- Third Conviction More than 10 years from second: Not less than $2,000, or more than $5,000. With BAL of .15 or
higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $4,000.
- Fourth or Subsequent Conviction: Not less than $2,000.
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These are some of the DUI penalties you could face if you are arrested and subsequently convicted of a DUI in Florida. Act quickly and consult Essen, Essen, Charnota & Cohen, P.A as soon as you can in order to minimize the potential impact to your freedom, finances, and reputation. A phone call can save you a lifetime of headaches. Contact us today.
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