Criminal Penalties For A First Time DUI In Florida
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.
Between 6 and 12 months of probation.
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.
Required only if the driver’s blood alcohol level was .15 or higher, in which case the ignition interlock is required for 6 months.
A 10 day vehicle impound is required.
The driver must complete Level I DUI School and any recommended treatment.
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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