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.
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.
With certain exceptions, Florida prohibits drinking alcohol and possessing open containers of alcohol in a vehicle. Read about the details of Florida's open container law and the penalties for a violation.