If you operate a vehicle in our state and are under 21 and you are found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.02% or more, you are 21 or older and have a BAC of 0.08% or more, or you are charged while working as a commercial driver and have a BAC of 0.04% or more, the state can charge you with a DUI, or driving under the influence.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, you are likely curious about the possible penalties you may face. Your penalties will differ depending on the nature of your particular incident. Each state also has different penalties in place for those charged with DUI.
What Are the Penalties for DUI in Florida?
In the state of Florida, DUI penalties include
- Possible jail time
- Mandatory participation in classes
- Alcohol rehabilitation treatment
- Loss of driving privileges
The penalties for a DUI conviction can dramatically alter how you live your life. And these changes can be lengthy and very costly. At our firm, you will be represented by a former prosecutor who knows precisely what it takes to win. Don't take chances; get a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side immediately.
Penalties for a First-Time Conviction
Penalties for a first-time DUI offender over 21 include an automatic minimum 180-day suspension with a maximum suspension of up to one year. If you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test, the suspension is automatically one year. Persons under the age of 21 who test at .02 BAC or above are subject to an automatic 180-day suspension, and if they refuse to submit to the breathalyzer test, an automatic one-year suspension.
A first-time DUI conviction in Florida carries a fine of $250 to $500, community service of fifty hours, probation of up to one year, possible jail time of up to six months, twelve hours of DUI school, and a license suspension.
Get a Former Prosecutor on Your Side
Don't delay in hiring a highly skilled Fort Myers DUI attorney if you are ever arrested for a DUI. An experienced, confident and aggressive lawyer can often have the charges reduced or dismissed, saving you thousands of dollars and preserving your freedom and privilege of driving a vehicle. Contact us today so we can schedule an appointment to discuss the facts of your case with you.
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One thing our firm can provide for you is an aggressive defense. After being charged with a DUI, it may feel like all forces are working against you. Remember: just because you were arrested does not mean you will be convicted. You can still get legal help to avoid common DUI penalties like jail time and fines. You can even get help avoiding driver's license suspension.
Our firm is also known for the compassion that we show to our clients. This is a difficult time for you; we do not take that lightly. By contacting a Fort Myers DUI attorney from our firm, you will be getting experience, aggression, and compassion.
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