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Florida DUI Penalties

What are the penalties for a first time DUI in Panama City?

Our state provides harsh penalties for anyone who is convicted of driving under the influence, in an effort to both prevent drivers from committing the crime in the first place and in order to deter individuals from committing a repeat offense.

If you have been arrested for DUI and have no prior convictions on your criminal record, you are at risk of receiving a sentence which can include:
  • Up to six months in jail
  • A full year of probation
  • Fifty hours of community service
  • As much as $1,000 in fines
  • A driver's license suspension lasting between 180 days and one year

If you were caught with a blood alcohol concentration above .15%, you can receive penalty enhancements such as a $2,000 fine, a jail term of up to nine months and court ordered use of an ignition interlock device for a minimum of six months.

Second DUI Penalties

The penalties for a second drunk driving conviction include:
  • A $2,000 fine
  • Up to nine months in jail, or twelve months in cases of a high BAC
  • Driver's license revocation lasting at least five years if the prior conviction occurred within five years
  • Mandatory use of an ignition interlock device for at least one year

About the Ignition Interlock Device

Ignition interlock devices are used as a tool for monitoring a convicted DUI offender's driving, by requiring the individual to provide a clean breath sample before starting the car and at random intervals while driving. If you have alcohol on your breath the vehicle will be immobilized and the failed test will be reported to your probation officer. The Florida DHSMV reports that six months of ignition interlock device use can cost over $600 in expenses for installation and monthly calibration and monitoring.

Penalties for a Third DUI in Panama City

In the event that you have two prior convictions for DUI, the sentence you could receive depends on how much time has elapsed since the last arrest. If it has been more than ten years since the second conviction, you can be fined between $2,000 and $5,000. If it has been less than ten years, you will be required to spend at least thirty days in jail, including forty-eight consecutive hours of confinement. A third DUI within ten years is punishable as a felony, with a maximum prison sentence of five years and a driver's license revocation lasting ten years.

Fourth-Time DUI Penalties

The penalties for a fourth DUI offense include a minimum fine of $2,000, up to five years in prison and a mandatory permanent driver's license revocation. Unlike for lessor offenses, you will not be eligible to apply for a hardship license for driving to and from work. You would also have a felony conviction on your criminal record, which could make it exceedingly difficult for you to find suitable employment.

Contact our firm today to fight back against these severe penalties. 

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