In Florida, you can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) for operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more or while under the influence of (impaired by) drugs or alcohol. Most DUI convictions are misdemeanor criminal offenses. However, certain aggravating factors can make a DUI a felony, a more serious criminal offense.
Here are some of the circumstances that can result in felony DUI charges in Florida.
Generally, a first or second DUI conviction is a misdemeanor in Florida. But if you have two or more priors and one was within the past ten years, the current offense can be charged as a third-degree felony. A conviction carries up to five years in prison and a maximum of $5,000 in fines.