First Offense DUI in Florida

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Although different Florida districts (and different judges) may impose varying sentences for a first time offender, state law caps prison time for a first offense at six months (unless the driver’s BAC was above 15). As is the case in many states, penalties vary based on factors such as whether a minor is present in the vehicle, the BAC of the driver, and whether the DUI occurred in conjunction with other criminal offenses.

Administrative Penalties

  • Refusals to submit under Florida’s implied consent laws result in mandatory license suspension of one (1) year
  • First offense DUI arrests in Florida result in administrative license suspension of at least six (6) months up to one (1) year
  • Reinstatement, which may involve hardship licensing during suspension period, requires completion of DUI school, filing hardship application, and an ignition interlock device
  • Vehicle impoundment following arrest likely
  • First offense convictions in a Florida DUI case result in no mandatory minimum period of incarceration, but have the potential of incarceration up to six (6) months, or nine (9) months if BAC above .15
  • Fines range from a minimum of $500 to not more than $1000, which is doubled if offender’s BAC above .15 or if minor present in vehicle at time of arrest. Fines assessed cover only small portion of actual costs of resolving administrative and criminal penalties related to a first offense DUI in Florida
  • Community service may be required up to not more than fifty (50) hours, with additional requirements to complete sentence including DUI school, alcohol/substance abuse assessments, and treatment
  • Convictions influence sentencing in second or subsequent offenses in Florida for a period of five (5) years

How Much Will it Cost?

To get an idea of how much a first offense DUI will cost you, see our article on the cost of a DUI.

Criminal Penalties

  • First offense convictions in a Florida DUI case result in no mandatory minimum period of incarceration, but have the potential of incarceration up to six (6) months, or nine (9) months if BAC above .15
  • Fines range from a minimum of $500 to not more than $1000, which is doubled if offender’s BAC above .15 or if minor present in vehicle at time of arrest. Fines assessed cover only small portion of actual costs of resolving administrative and criminal penalties related to a first offense DUI in Florida
  • Community service may be required up to not more than fifty (50) hours, with additional requirements to complete sentence including DUI school, alcohol/substance abuse assessments, and treatment
  • Convictions influence sentencing in second or subsequent offenses in Florida for a period of five (5) years

Getting Legal Help

If you’re concerned about the outcome of your DUI case, a Florida DUI lawyer can advise and represent your interests in the various proceedings.

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