Drunk driving has become one of the most common criminal offenses across the United States. Despite the frequency of DUI charges, they must be taken very seriously in every state and especially Florida. A DUI charge can have immediate effects such as penalties, fines, and legal fees, as well as the long-term implications of a criminal record. If you or your loved ones are facing a DUI charge, it is critical to contact a Florida Lawyer to discuss your DUI rights.
The penalties and fines for a DUI charge are continuously increasing. In Florida, these fines can range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5,000, depending on circumstances as follows:
- 1st DUI Conviction: Not less than $500, or more than $1,000. With Blood/Breath Alcohol Level (BAL) of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000
- 2nd DUI Conviction: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $2,000, or more than $4,000
- 3rd DUI Conviction More than 10 years: Not less than $2,000, or more than $5,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $4,000
- 4th or Subsequent DUI Conviction: Not less than $2,000
According to Florida Statute 316.193(6)(a), a mandatory 50 hours of community service or additional fines of $10 for each hour of community service is required. The total period of probation and incarceration for a first offense DUI may not exceed 1 (one) year.
Because the penalties that result from a DUI charge and conviction are so serious and are continuously becoming more strict, it is critical that you speak to a Florida Lawyer who handles DUI cases. A DUI charge can have devastating and long lasting effects on your personal and professional life and must be taken very seriously. If you or your loved ones have been charged with DUI, please contact the Law Offices of Adam Franzen today for a free consultation. We will fight for the best results that can be offered, both in and out of the courtroom.
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