DUI Penalties

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Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Florida is a serious crime that carries heavy penalties. If you have previously been convicted of Driving Under the Influence in Florida, you are well-aware of the consequences: jail time, exorbitant fines, alcohol education class fees, court costs, license suspension, mandatory ignition interlock, probation, community service and vehicle impoundment. For the Florida Statute regarding DUI penalties, see §316.193, Fla. Stat.

Penalties for DUIs in Florida are listed in the tables below:

For DUI Charges with Blood Alcohol Level of .08% to .15%:
Offense
Maximum Penalty
Fine
License Suspension
Ignition Interlock
1st Offense
6 months in jail
$500-$1,000
6 months-1 year
Court discretion
2nd Offense: More Than 5 Years After 1st Offense
9 months in jail
$1,000-$2,000
6 months-1 year
1 year
2nd Offense: Less Than 5 Years After 1st Offense
1 year in jail (minimum 10 days in jail)
$1,000-$2,000
5 years minimum
1 year
3rd Offense: More Than 10 Years After 2nd Offense
1 year in jail
$2,000-$5,000
1 year minimum
2 years
3rd Offense: Less Than 10 Years After 2nd Offense
5 years in prison (minimum 30 days in jail)
$2,000-$5,000
10 years minimum
2 years
4th Offense
5 years in jail
$2,000 minimum
permanent
n/a
For DUI Charges with Blood Alcohol Level Above .15% or With a Minor Child in the Vehicle:
Offense
Maximum Penalty
Fine
License Suspension
Ignition Interlock
1st Offense
9 months in jail
$1,000-$2,000
1 year minimum
6 months
2nd Offense
1 year in jail
$2,000-$4,000
5 years minimum
2 years
3rd Offense
1 year in jail
$4,000 minimum
10 years minimum
2 years
4th Offense
5 years in prison
$4,000 minimum
permanent
n/a

Commercial drivers are subject to stricter DUI conditions. If you are a commercial driver and are found to have .04% or higher BAL, refuse to submit to a sobriety or BAL test, or are caught driving while in possession of a controlled substance, your commercial driver's license will be suspended for 1 year. A second DUI conviction will result in the permanent suspension of your commercial driver's license.

Contact the Law Office of Roger P. Foley

A DUI defense lawyer from our Palm Beach County Criminal Defense firm can help you if you have been arrested for Driving Under the Influence. With an attorney from our Palm Beach Criminal Defense firm on your side, you may possibly be acquitted, have your charges dismissed, have your charges reduced, or be able to complete a diversion program in lieu of criminal proceedings. Mr. Foley may be able to negotiate reduced charges, and, depending on the circumstances, may be able to get the charges dismissed altogether - that is always the goal. If you have been arrested for DUI in the Boca Raton, West Palm Beach or Boynton Beach area, take quick action and contact a Palm Beach County DUI Defense Attorney today.

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