When law enforcement stops you in Florida for a traffic offense or erratic driving, you could receive a charge of driving under the influence. You must have measured blood alcohol content above 0.08% or be noticeably impaired for this type of criminal arrest.
If you are facing a Florida DUI court date, understand the potential penalties for a conviction.
With no prior history of DUI convictions within the past five years, you may receive:
- 180-day to 12-month license suspension
- Vehicle impoundment for up to 10 days
- Up to six months in jail
- Minimum fine of $500, maximum fine of $1,000
State law also imposes increased penalties for aggravated DUI circumstances. Even for a first offense, you can receive up to nine months in jail and a fine of $1,000 to $2,000 if you had a BAC higher than 0.15% or drove drunk with a passenger younger than 18.
Second DUI in five years
Penalties for a repeat DUI offense may include:
- Five-year license revocation (one-year work license available for some offenders)
- Vehicle impoundment for 30 days
- Mandatory minimum jail sentence of 10 days or up to nine months (a year in cases with aggravated circumstances as described above)
- Fines of $1,000 to $2,000 ($2,000 to $4,000 with aggravated circumstances)
Third DUI in 10 years
With two previous DUI convictions in the same decade, you could receive:
- 10-year license revocation (two-year work license available for some offenders)
- Vehicle impoundment for 90 days
- Mandatory minimum jail sentence of 30 days or up to 12 months
- Fines of $2,000 to $5,000 (minimum $4,000 with aggravated circumstances)
In addition to these minimum sentences, you could receive up to five years in prison and financial penalties of up to $5,000 for a DUI accident that causes serious bodily harm to another person.