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Penalties for DUI in Florida

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The penalties for conviction of a DUI charge, as defined in Florida Statutes §316.193(2)(a), can be extremely harsh. The penalties can also be increasingly harsh depending on a number of factors such as:

  • BAC reading at 0.15% or higher
  • Previous convictions
  • Having a minor in the vehicle at your time of arrest
  • DUI with suspended license
  • And many others

If you are convicted of a first DUI charge then you will face penalties of the following:

  • Fine of no less than $500 and no more than $1,000, for a BAC of 0.15 or higher, or a minor in the vehicle, a fine of no less than $1,000 and no more than $2,000
  • Community service of a mandatory 50 hours
  • Probation sentence may not exceed one year
  • Imprisonment for no more than six months, with a BAC of 0.15 or higher, or a minor in the vehicle, no more than nine months
  • Impoundment or immobilization of your vehicle for no more than 10 days
  • Driver license revocation for no less than 180 days and no more than one year

Felony DUI in Florida

A second and subsequent DUI conviction will result in increased penalties. If you are charged with a felony DUI then you could face extremely harsh penalties. A felony DUI occurs with a third or subsequent offense within 10 years of the first, or if an intoxicated accident causes serious bodily injury to another. These are conditions for a third degree felony which carries penalties of no more than a $5,000 fine and up to five years imprisonment.

If you have been charged with DUI manslaughter then you will face second degree felony charges which carry penalties of up to $10,000 in fines and up to 15 years in prison. A leaving the scene enhancement increases the prison sentence to up to 30 years.

Are you facing DUI charges of any kind? Seek the legal assistance of a former prosecutor and successful Fort Myers DUI lawyer from our firm today! Call (239) 204-5657 to get started.

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