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Florida DUI Penalties

What are the penalties for a DUI in Florida?

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

Penalties for a Third DUI

In the event that you have two prior convictions for DUI, the sentence you receive depends on how much time has elapsed since the last arrest. A third DUI within ten years is punishable as a third-degree felony.

If you were convicted of a third DUI within 10 years, you will face the following penalties:

  • A fine between $2,000 and $5,000
  • At least 30 days in jail, but could be sentenced up to 5 years. Regardless of the full sentence, 48 consecutive hours of confinement will be required.
  • Driver's license revocation lasting 10 years
  • Ignition Interlock Device must be installed on your vehicle for at least 2 years
  • Your vehicle will be impounded for at least 90 days, not overlapping with any time spent in jail

How much will a third DUI cost you if it's been over 10 years? If more than 10 years have passed, your third DUI conviction will be classified as a First Degree Misdemeanor and the penalties will be less severe.

If you have no prior convictions within a 10-year period, you may not face any jail time, but the maximum sentence is 12 months. You will likely face a fine between $1,000 and $2,500 and will need to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle for 2 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.

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.

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

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