1st DUI

1st DUI

Criminal Penalties For A First Time DUI In Florida

Jail Time
A person convicted of a first time DUI in Florida faces a maximum of 6 months in jail.   If the driver’s blood alcohol level was .15 or higher, or there was a minor in the vehicle, the maximum jail sentence is 9 months.

Probation
Between 6 and 12 months of probation.

Fines
Between $500 and $1000.  However, if the driver’s blood alcohol level was .15 or higher, or at the time of the offense a person under the age of 18 was present in the vehicle, the fine range is $1000 to $2000.

Driver’s License Revocation
The Judge must revoke the person’s driver’s license for 6 to 12 months.

Possibility of a Business Purposes Only License for the Revoked Driver’s License
After completing DUI School the driver may apply for a Business Purposes Only license.

Ignition Interlock
Required only if the driver’s blood alcohol level was .15 or higher, in which case the ignition interlock is required for 6 months.

Vehicle Impound
A 10 day vehicle impound is required.

DUI School
The driver must complete Level I DUI School and any recommended treatment.

Community Service
The judge must order a person convicted of a first time DUI to complete 50 hours of community service.  However, some judges will allow defendants to buy out some or all of the hours.

Court Costs and Costs of Prosecution:
The amounts of these fees vary.

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If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI in Hillsborough County Florida, Pinellas County Florida, or Pasco County Florida,Attorney David C. Hardy has the knowledge, skills, and experience to guide you through this process and obtain the best possible results.