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Florida DUI Penalties

There are set penalties an individual will receive for driving under the influence in Florida. Certain factors cause penalties to increase, such as multiple DUI offenses, the presence of minors, or accidents that resulted in the injury or death. In addition to legal penalties, many convicted individuals face problems outside of the courtroom, including social ostracism, job loss, limited future opportunities, strained personal relationships, damaged reputations and loss of community. One may also face increased insurance costs. The following is a list of legal penalties for committing DUI in Florida (enhanced penalties may apply in certain circumstances):

First Offense:

  • Potential Jail Time: 0-6 months
    • 0-9 months if BAC was higher than 0.20% or minor was present
  • Fines: $250-$1,000 (depending on BAC level and if minor(s) was present)
  • Driver’s License Suspension: 6 months to 1 year
  • Probation: 1 year
  • Vehicle Impoundment: 10 days
  • Ignition Interlock Device: If BAC was more than 0.20%, up to 6 months
  • Community Service: 50 hours

Second Offense (Within 5 Years):

  • Potential Jail Time: 10 days-9 months
    • 10-12 months if BAC was higher than 0.20% or minor was present
  • Fines: $500-$2,000 (depending on BAC level and if minor(s) was present)
  • Driver’s License Suspension: No less than 5 years
  • Probation: 1 year
  • Vehicle Impoundment: 30 days
  • Ignition Interlock Device: If BAC was more than 0.20%, 1-2 years
  • Community Service: 50 hours
  • DUI School: Mandatory attendance

Third Offense (Within 10 Years):

  • Potential Jail Time: 30 days-5 years
  • Fines: $1,000-$5,000
  • Driver’s License Suspension: Up to 10 years
  • Probation: 1-5 years
  • Vehicle Impoundment: 90 days
  • Ignition Interlock Device: If BAC was more than 0.20%, at least 2 years
  • Community Service: 50 hours
  • DUI School: Mandatory attendance

Fourth Offense (within 10 years):

  • Potential Jail Time: up to 5 years
  • Fines: $1,000-$5,000
  • Driver’s License Suspension: Permanent
  • Probation: 1-5 years
  • Community Service: 50 hours
  • DUI School: Mandatory attendance


In addition to these penalties, convictions leave a mark on your criminal record for life. If you have been charged, it’s vital to retain the services of an experienced lawyer. We can negotiate with judges and prosecutors to get your charges and penalties reduced or dropped; we can also look into the possibility of alternative DUI sentencing. Furthermore more, we provide all of our clients with viable options, multiple resources, aggressive representation, and compassionate care.

*** These penalties are subject to change based on the circumstances surrounding each case. It is also best to consult an attorney to discuss your options and the details surrounding your particular case.

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