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Enhanced Penalties for Drunk Driving

Are you facing criminal charges for DUI? With or without enhanced penalties, you may be in danger of facing heavy fines and imprisonment. It is important to review your options with a lawyer who can protect your legal rights and inform you of your legal rights in this important matter. At Thomas & Paulk, we understand the intricacies of drunk driving charges. We know how to challenge the evidence and question the arresting officer's testimony in order to seek a positive result to a client's case, even when it seems the odds are stacked against us. If you are interested in learning more about how we may be able to assist you, we welcome you to call our firm for a free case review.

Increased Fine and Imprisonment: BAC of 0.15 Percent or Greater / Minor in Vehicle

There are two specific circumstances that may result in a driver facing enhanced penalties for driving under the influence. The first involves the driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The standard limit to operate a motor vehicle in Florida is 0.08 percent. If a driver is found with a BAC over the legal limit, they may face charges. If a driver is found to be operating a vehicle with a BAC of 0.15 percent or greater, they may face enhanced penalties. The second circumstance involves a driver who is arrested with a minor in the vehicle.

What enhanced penalties will be enforced? The following may apply for a first offense with enhancement:

  • Fine of $1,000 to $2,000 (regular fine is $500 to $1,000)
  • Imprisonment for up to 9 months (regular term is up to 6 months)

Note: Driver's license revocation periods remain the same.

The enhanced penalties will increase for a second, third or fourth DUI offense. For example, the term of imprisonment for a second offense increases from a 9-month maximum to a 12-month maximum. When you look at the impact that a conviction and enhanced penalties may have on you now and into the future, it is easy to see why it is beneficial to involve an attorney who can help you challenge these charges. Instead of facing time in jail, driver's license suspension, community service, heavy fines and probation, work toward a brighter future with a competent legal professional by your side.

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