What Are the Penalties for a Florida DUI?

Were you recently arrested for driving under the influence in West Palm Beach, Florida? If so, you are likely concerned about the types of penalties involved if you were to be convicted, and reasonably so!

Unfortunately, the consequences of a DUI go beyond fines and a revoked driver's license. A DUI conviction can affect your credit score, your ability to travel to places such as Canada or Mexico, it may even affect your job, or your credibility in a child custody case.

With all of the above in mind, is it worth it to fight a DUI charge? Absolutely. Here, I am providing a brief explanation of Florida's DUI penalties. If you have further questions, I urge you to contact my firm, The Law Offices of Phillip T. Ridolfo, Jr.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances can be found under Sec. 316.193 of the Florida Statutes.

First DUI Offense

  • Probation
  • DUI school
  • Possible Ignition Interlock Device
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Up to 9 months in jail
  • Up to 12 months license revocation
  • Between $500 and $1,000 in fines
  • Mandatory 50 hours of community service, or a $10 fine for each hour required

Second DUI Offense

  • DUI school
  • Ignition Interlock Device required
  • Up to 12 months in jail
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • At least five years license revocation
  • Between $1,000 and $4,000 in fines

Third DUI Offense

  • DUI school
  • Up to 12 months in jail
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Ignition Interlock Device required
  • Minimum 10 years license revocation
  • Between $2,000 and $5,000 in fines

Most first-time DUIs are misdemeanors in Florida. However, if anyone else was seriously injured or killed, then the case will probably be prosecuted as a felony.

Looking for a West Palm Beach DUI Attorney?

If you are facing DUI charges in West Palm Beach, don't hesitate to contact my firm. I am a former prosecutor with over 25 years of experience. Call today to schedule your free initial consultation!


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