The possible consequences of a first-offense DUI (driving under the influence) in Florida include fines, license suspension, vehicle impoundment, having to install an ignition interlock device (IID), and jail time. Enhanced penalties might apply where the convicted motorist had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15% or more, was involved in an accident that resulted in injuries or property damage, or had a passenger in the car who was under 18 years old. This article outlines some of administrative and criminal penalties you might face for a first-offense DUI in Florida.
In Florida, DUI repeat-offenders face serious penalties. The consequences for a second-offense DUI typically include fines, license suspension, vehicle impoundment, and having to install an ignition interlock device (IID). There’s also mandatory jail time for motorists who are convicted of a second DUI in five years. The penalties for a second-offense DUI are further enhanced where the driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15% or more, was involved in an accident that resulted in property damage or someone being injured, or had a passenger under the age of 18.
The drinking age in Florida is 21 and consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 is illegal (with no exceptions). Because underage drinkers cause a disproportionate number of alcohol-related auto fatalities, the standards are stricter and the penalties may be harsher for those under 21.
Florida not only prohibits drunk driving but also driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs. The penalties for a drug DUI are generally the same as those for an alcohol-related offense. This article discusses how Florida defines drugged driving and the consequences of a violation.
Sobriety checkpoints are legal in Florida (see 483 So.2d 433 (Fla. 1985)). These checkpoints (also referred to as "mobile checkpoints" or "roadblocks") are police traffic stops that are not tied to any specific or individual suspicions.